Various by Hunter Hammersen


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May 2019
both are used in this pattern
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in pattern as charted
250 - 300 yards (229 - 274 m)
Written in four sizes and four gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!

In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
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This is a companion to Sundry (the cuffs in the picture at the bottom of this page).

So I don’t do proper colorwork. I can do it…I actually have done it once or twice. But I always feel like I’m about to be trapped in a giant spider web and devoured by a yarn monster.

So instead…instead I cheat.

I do things that let me play with multiple yarns (because that’s too much fun not to do) while only ever using one yarn per row (because somehow that’s easier). And this hat might be my favorite cheat yet!

You only use one color per row, and all the fancy bits happen by slipping stitches. It’s easier than it looks (practice a bit on your swatch and you’ll have the hang of it in no time). And I know I shouldn’t be this pleased with myself, but wow is the end result more impressive than it has any right to be (especially that crown)!

It’s a perfect way to show off your favorite fancy yarn (like this awesome gradient) or to make use of that leftover half skein that’s too much yarn to throw away but not quite enough to make a project on its own. Pair it with a high contrast partner and you’re off (if you have trouble deciding what yarns are high contrast, try looking at them with your phone camera with a black and white filter…if they still look distinct in black and white, they’re high contrast).

Oh, and if rolled brims aren’t your favorite, I’ve included a variation with a ribbed brim you can sub in if you want.

The hat is written in four sizes (castons of 90, 96, 102, and 108 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the hat. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarns!

I recommend working at something around 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size. With that range of sizes and gauges, the hat will fit a head between 17.5 and 23.75 inches (with lots of points in between).

Oh, and just to help you plan, I used about 125 yards of each yarn to make a hat for a large adult. If you’re making a bigger or taller hat (or if you use a ribbed brim instead of a rolled brim), you might want more like 150 yards each yarn.

And in case you’re planning to make the mitts too, one full skein of each yarn was plenty to make large adult sizes of both the hat and the matching mitts (with enough yarn left over that I wasn’t even nervous at the end).

This is perfect for you if:

  • You’ve got an absolutely glorious yarn you want to show off!
  • You absolutely must know how that stitch works

It’s not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)