The Dark Arts Hat by cold comfort knits

The Dark Arts Hat

March 2019
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
31 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded Colour Work Pattern
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
280 yards (256 m)
One Size
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Knitting isn’t just an art form, it’s practical magic! Take this hat, for example. With just a few waves of my two pointy knitting wands, an unlikely pair of hand-dyed yarns were magically transformed into an eye-catching hat! If you decide to conjure one up for yourself, beware the dark arts!

These yarns have been known to cast a spell of enchantment, mesmerizing the knitter with their delightful colours and textures. Add a relaxing, rhythmic pattern and you may become unable—or unwilling—to put this project down! Consider yourself warned ;)

This hat is part of a matching set! The Dark Arts COWL pattern is also available in my Ravelry shop :)

Finished Measurements

10.75” (27 cm) tall x 9.5” (24 cm) wide = 19” (48 cm) circumference (un-stretched, lightly blocked).
To fit approx. 22” (56 cm) head circumference—average adult female.


(MC) Long Dog Yarn Single (100% Merino Wool; 400 yards / 366 meters / 100 grams): 1 ball in colour “Dark Dimension”.
Sample used 35 grams.

(CC) Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace (70% Mohair, 30% Silk); 459 yards / 420 meters / 50 grams): 1 ball in colour “Villain”.
Sample used 15 grams.

Please see note below regarding yarn substitution.


One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 3 (3.25 mm).
One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 6 (4.0 mm).
One set of 5 double-pointed needles size US 6 (4.0 mm).

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


36 stitches / 36 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Corrugated Ribbing.
31 stitches / 31 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Stranded Colour Work Pattern.


Four stitch markers (it’s best to have one unique marker for the beginning of round). Yarn needle. Scissors.


Stranded colour work.
Corrugated ribbing.
Increasing and decreasing.

Yarn Substitution

If substituting colours, I recommend choosing a MC & CC that are very different in value (ie. one very light or bright + one very dark), otherwise the colours may become muddled. Because this is stranded knitting—MC & CC stitches alternate—colour contrast is also important; be sure your yarns don’t share too many colours in common.