The Elm Road Hat by cold comfort knits

The Elm Road Hat

June 2017
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
US 9 - 5.5 mm
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Squishable. Squeezable. Natural. Beautiful.

The Elm Road Hat. It’s easy to knit. It’s a one-skein-wonder. It’s your new favourite hat!

Includes directions for a fitted version, and a slouchy version.

Finished Measurements
14” (35.5 cm) circumference un-stretched; fits average adult female.
Fitted Hat: 8” (20.5 cm) high.
Slouch Hat: 10” (25.5 cm) high.

Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Great (100% Baby Alpaca; 131 yards 120 meters / 100 grams): 1 skein in shade #117 (Goldenrod) OR shade #107 (Cornflower).

One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 9 (5.5 mm).
One set of four double-pointed needles size US 9 (5.5 mm).
Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

24 stitches & 21 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in 1 x 1 Twisted Ribbing un-stretched.

Skills Required
Knitting in the round on using a circular needle.
Knitting in the round using double-pointed needles.

Design Tip

Ever wondered why sometimes you can ‘get gauge’ with a substitute yarn, but your FO still doesn’t turn out like the original? Here’s a little tip:

When substituting yarns, it is important not only to match gauge, but also fibre composition!

I designed The Elm Road Hat to knit up slightly undersize. Why? Because 100% baby alpaca has little to no natural elasticity. After a couple of wears, this hat will stretch and fit comfortably. If you substitute wool, or any other more elastic yarn, the hat will start off snug…and stay that way.

No matter what type of project you’re knitting, successful FO’s that use substitute yarns give a nod to both gauge and fibre characteristics. Now you know :)