Tesla Slept Here Hat by Kino Knits

Tesla Slept Here Hat

September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in colorwork pattern in the round, blocked
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
300 yards (274 m)
1-12; hat circumference 10.5-23.5"/27-60 cm; hat height 5.25-10.75"/13-27 cm
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For years I’ve been obsessively taking pictures of hotel carpets. They offer weird and graphical patterns not found anywhere else, and I’ve long dreamed of creating colorwork knitting patterns based on them. When I decided to team up with Elemental Fiber Works, a yarn company that highlights science themes, my mind turned to a pattern I saw at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City. Famed scientist Nikola Tesla spent his final days there, living in rooms on the 33rd floor. For a discussion of the less-admirable parts of Tesla’s legacy, please listen to Episode 070 of the Kino Knits Podcast.

This hat is designed to pair with the Tesla Slept Here Cowl. Switch the main color to get the set out of two skeins of fingering weight yarn (larger sized hats may need to pair with the smaller sized cowl).

Knitting in the round, stranded colorwork (both charted and written instructions provided). For a tutorial video on knitting stranded colorwork, visit the Kino Knits YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ovQCTmc-PP0.

Elemental Fiberworks Electron Sock (80% superwash merino/20% nylon) (400 yards/366 m per 3.5 oz/100 g). Colorways: Silver (MC) and Turquoise (CC).

Hat Actual Sizes:
(Choose a size 2-4”/5-10 cm smaller than your head circumference (circ). When between sizes, choose the smaller size.)

  • 1: 10.5”/27 cm circumference, 5.25”/13 cm height
  • 2: 12”/30 cm circumference, 5.75”/15 cm height
  • 3: 13”/33 cm circumference, 6.25”/16 cm height
  • 4: 14”/36 cm circumference, 6.75”/17 cm height
  • 5: 15.25”/39 cm circumference, 6.75”/17 cm height
  • 6: 16.5”/42 cm circumference, 8.25”/21 cm height
  • 7: 17.75”/45 cm circumference, 8.75”/22 cm height
  • 8: 19”/48 cm circumference, 8.75”/22 cm height
  • 9: 20”/51 cm circumference, 9.75”/25 cm height
  • 10: 21”/54 cm circumference, 9.75”/25 cm height
  • 11: 22.5”/57 cm circumference, 10.75”/27 cm height
  • 12: 23.5”/60 cm circumference, 10.75”/27 cm height

Sample shown in size 7 on 22”/56 cm head.

34 stitches and 38 rounds per 4”/10 cm in colorwork pattern in the round, blocked


  • 1 stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

US 1 and 2 (2.25 and 2.75 mm) needles for knitting a small circumference in the round, or size needed to get gauge

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