Vestige by Hunter Hammersen


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September 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette in main color
US 4 - 3.5 mm
175 - 325 yards (160 - 297 m)
See notes below, at 5.5spi, fits a head of about 18.5 [20, 21.75, 23.5] inches and a wrist of about 6.75 [7.5, 8.25, 9.25] inches
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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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Vestige noun the smallest quantity or trace

So I don’t know about you, but I tend to find a base I like (in this case Rios from Malabrigo) and use it for lots of projects and then find myself with bits of leftover skeins here and there. I wanted a project that would let me make use of some of those bits and pieces, and this set is the result.

Pick a base color you’ve got a fair bit of (I went with purple) and then work in little bits of a contrast color for the rolled edges and the textured slip stitch bands (mine are pink). You can keep the contrast yarn the same throughout, or you could swap out main and contrast colors between the hat and mitts. And just imagine how cute the hat would be if you made each stripe a different color!

The possibilities are really limited only by your leftover bin and your imagination! Just try to use contrast yarns with about the same weight/thickness as your main yarn, and you’ll be golden.

I was able to easily make both pieces with less than one 210-yard skein of each of the yarns. The hat took about 105 yards of the purple yarn and 70 of the pink. The cuffs also took about 105 yards of the purple and 70 of the pink. (Those are very generous estimates, I actually had a fair bit of yarn left over.) If you wanted to be super safe (or planned on making a very large cuffs and a very slouchy hat), you could plan for 190 yards of the purple and 125 yards of the pink for the hat and 125 yards of the purple and 85 yards of the pink for the cuffs. You can use even smaller amounts of the contrast color if you’re using more colors for the contrast yarn.

Each piece is written in four sizes (an 88, 96, 104, & 112-stitch cast on for the hat, and a 32, 36, 40, & 44-stitch cast on for the cuffs), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the pieces. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 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 16.75 and 25.75 inches (with lots of points in between) and the cuffs will fit a wrist between 6.25 and 10 inches (again, with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You want to use more than one yarn…but without the fiddly bits that can make classic colorwork a bit scary
  • You believe accessories are best in sets
  • You’re looking for stashbuster projects

They’re 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)