Well this was really the winter that wasn’t. Two storms served as bookends for the months of winter and I officially declared this the strangest winter ever to my kids. It was kind of a blessing though, since we were so busy with all the kids’ activities and driving was never an issue.
As winter’s days were winding down, I finished up a new hat design for the Waterville Hat. (And I am smitten. I love color and keep thinking of all different color combinations…)
The hat was inspired by a beautiful colorwork ski hat of a close friend (who spends time on the slopes of Waterville Valley Ski Resort. I decided to play with some colors and discovered the possibilities are endless; from subdued to crazy, all combos will be fun to wear!
This unisex hat is also a great project for leftover sock yarn and stash busting! Who doesn’t have sock yarn leftovers? To add an extra bit of fun, use a small amount of a luxury yarn in a contrasting color for the hat’s liner ~ pamper yourself or loved one! A little will go a long way just for the band!
The hat uses stranded knitting techniques and 4 colors. While there are a few one color rounds, most of the rounds are knit with 2 colors and only one will challenge you with 3. Links to new techniques are provided to refresh and teach.
Pattern: The pattern is available in 3 sizes, is charted and easily adjusted to accommodate custom sizes.
Yardage: 50-150 yards of fingering weight yarn such as BMFA Socks That Rock Mediumweight (or lightweight), Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock (2 or 3-ply), Valley Yarns Huntington.
Needle: US Size 1.5 (2.50 mm) 16 inch circular needle and US Size 2.5 (3.0 mm) 16 inch circular needles and double pointed needles.
Gauge: 7-8 stitches per inch on larger needle in color work pattern.
Size: Three sizes will fit a range of head sizes from older children to women and men alike. Medium fits 22 inch noggin.
BONUS: Pattern comes with instructions to turn your swatch into an iDevice or phone case!