The Elm Road Hat by cold comfort knits

The Elm Road Hat

June 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in Twisted Ribbing
US 9 - 5.5 mm
130 yards (119 m)
One Size (Average Adult)
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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!

Approximately 130 yards / 120 meters of a heavy worsted or aran weight pure alpaca, or alpaca-blend, yarn.
Shown in Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Great (100% Baby Alpaca; 131 yards / 120 meters / 100 grams).

Size US 9 (5.5 mm) 16” / 40 cm circular needle (body).
Size US 9 (5.5 mm) double-pointed needles x 4 (crown).

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

Includes directions for a fitted version, and a slouchy version. To fit approx. 22” (56 cm) head circumference.
Circumference: 14” (35.5 cm), un-stretched.
Length (fitted hat): 8” (20.5 cm).
Length (slouchy hat): 10” (25.5 cm).

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may notice that the finished width (14”) seems quite small for an adult head (22”). There are two important reasons for this. First, Twisted Ribbing is a variation of standard ribbing, and ribbed fabrics are very stretchy. Second, much like cotton yarns, alpaca yarns have little to no elasticity, which means they will stretch with wear and, unlike wool yarns, will not regain their shape—so it’s important to knit slightly under size to start with.

The stitch & round multiples on which The Elm Road Hat is based are now included in the pattern. For less experienced knitters who want to make a different size, the math is now provided. More experienced knitters can use this same information to make decisions about yarn substitution, gauge etc. I hope this helps empower you to understand your knitting better and to find your perfect fit!