Hats…

When we think of winter woolies, isn’t it really it’s hats that we think about first and foremost?
Hats for me evoke all those childhood reminders about losing all our heat through our heads!
They are the thing we grab as we rush out the door, and that unfortunately all too often get left behind and lost.
The only upside to this is that along with ‘needing’ a hat for every winter coat, ‘needing’ hats to take us from autumn to deep winter and through to spring, ‘needing’ to knit hats for everyone we know, losing hats is yet another reason to knit another hat!

Latest Release

Houndstooth Headband

The double layers of this two colour slipped stitch headband makes it the perfect stylish accessory for cold weather. The combination of on trend, vintage aesthetic with on trend, old fashioned practicality, makes it the headband you’ll return to year after year.

The incredibly simple, one colour at a time, slipped stitch pattern makes it perfect meditative or tv or queue knitting.

Combine a gradient, variegated yarn or even a parade of leftovers with a workhorse solid to striking effect.

The headband starts with a provisional cast on and is finished by using kitchener stitch to graft the live sts from the cast on to the final row of knit sts.

These are great skills to have and to learn, but if you do not feel comfortable with a provisional cast on or kitchener stitch grafting, you can cast on and off as usual and neatly sew the two ends of your knitting together.

Full, step by step, instructions for both the crochet provisional cast on and Kitchener Stitch graft are provided on the ‘Techniques’ page of the pattern.

Sizes

One size
4 inches/10cm wide
Length/circumference – adjustable to fit

Yarn & Gauge

This pattern uses 4ply/fingering weight yarns
You will need 50g (200m) of the main and 50g (200m) of the contrast yarn

Gauge
32 stitches and 52 rows = 10 x 10cm/ 4 x 4 inches in Slipped Stitch Houndstooth Pattern

Needles & Notions

2.75 mm (US 2) double pointed needles or preferred needles for working small circumferences, or size required to get gauge
Spare needle for picking up provisional cast on stitches (optional).
Waste yarn for provisional cast on (optional)
Tapestry needle

Format

The pattern is provided and a 5 page English Language PDF download.
Page 4 provided step by step instructions for the optional Provisional cast on and Kitchener stitch graft close/cast off

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Askew

Askew is a beanie, to which you can add extra slouch. It uses slipped stitches and changes in the stitch pattern to create a textured pattern that spirals around the hat. You have the option of a plain edge to the brim, a contrast edge or a rolled edge.

Sizes

To fit /Actual Size 
Baby 16”/40.5cm 14.5”/37cm 
Toddler 18”/45.5cm 15.5”/39.5cm 
Child/teen 20”/51cm 18”/46cm 
Adult female 22”/56cm 19.5”/50cm 
Adult male 24”/61cm 21”/54cm

Yarn & Gauge

Designed for any worsted weight/light aran yarn that knits to a gauge of 20 stitches and 40 rows to 10 cm x 10cm (4 inches x 4 inches) in shifting brick main pattern on 4mm needles

Needles & Materials

3.75 mm (US 5) short circular or dpns for brim
4.0 mm (US 6) short circular for the body and dpns for the crown decreases
Tapestry needle for sewing in ends.

Format & Related Blog posts

The pattern is provided as a 4 page English Language PDF download.

To read more about this design, please see this blog post.

Price & Purchase Options

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Mimizan

Mimizan is a beanie worked in two colours of aran weight yarn.
The design was inspired by the large cones of the maritime pine trees in the forests around Mimizan in the Aquitaine region of France.
It uses a fun combination of slipped travelling stitches to create the zig zag effect and you are only ever using one colour at a time. The pattern provides full ‘stand alone’ written instructions for the stitch pattern and has been thoroughly tested for clarity.
It’s an interesting quick knit, ideal for gifts and in smaller sizes, ideal for using up left overs from other projects.

Sizes

Sizes to fit; 
Newborn:14”/35.5cm 
Baby: 16”/40.5cm 
Toddler: 18”/45.5cm 
Child/teen: 20”/51cm 
Adult female: 22”/56cm 
Adult male: 24”/61cm

Yarn & Gauge

Aran weight Yarn – shown in Malabrigo Worsted.
Yarn quantities: 
Yarn A: 
32m, 42m, 52m, 62m, 72m, 82m / 35yds, 46yds, 57yds, 68yds, 79yds, 90yds 
Yarn B: 
27m, 32m, 37m, 42m, 47m, 52m / 30yds, 35yds, 41yds, 46yds, 52yds, 57yds
Gauge
19 stitches and 35 rows = 10 cm in pattern stitch on 4mm (US6) needles

Needles & Materials

3.75 mm/US 5 short circular for ribbed band
4.0 mm/US 6 short circular for the ribbed band and dpns for the crown decreases.

Format & Related Blog posts

The patterns is provided as a 4 page English Language PDF download
to read more about this design, please see this blog post

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Bryanston

The Bryanston Beret is one of my earlier designs that has been reworked and is now available in 2 variations. The original 2 colour version (shown in khahi and burgundy) and a new ‘inside out’ (striped) version.

This second version is literally knitted inside out so the lovely texture pattern emerges on the ‘wrong side’ from the ribbing upwards and you just flip the hat the right way once you’re finished.

The stitch pattern creates a bouncy fabric which allows you to block it as a slouchy beanie or a beret/tam shape depending on which you prefer.

This beret allows you to showcase the great colours of hand dyed yarns alongside a solid or tonal main colour. You don’t need very much of these striking contrast yarns to make an impact with this design. As such it is perfect for leftovers of a favourite yarn.

Sizes

Small
To fit 19 in / 48cm – Actual Size – 17in / 43cm 
Medium
To fit 21in / 53cm – Actual Size – 19in / 48cm 
Large
To fit 23in / 58.5cm – Actual Size – 21in / 53cm

Yarn & Gauge

2 colour version
1 x 50g (200yds/183m) Old Maiden Aunt Shetland 4 ply shown in Midnight Owl (main Colour)
1 x 50g (200yds/183m) Old Maiden Aunt Shetland 4 ply shown in Red Velvet (Contrast Colour)

Inside Out Version
This version uses more colours as and the table below gives full breakdowns so you can use leftovers:
Small 
Brim – 28yds/27m 
For each of the 7 body stripes – 12yds/11m 
Crown – 28yds/27m
Medium 
Brim -34yds/32m 
For each of the 7 body stripes -16yds/15m 
Crown – 34yds/32m
Large 
Brim – 40yds/37m 
For each of the 7 body stripes – 20yds/15m 
Crown – 40yds/37m

Needles & Materials


2.5 mm/US 1½ Circular needles for brim
3.0 mm/US 2½ Circular needles for the body and double pointed needles for the crown.

Format & Related blog posts

The patterns is provided as a 5 page English Language PDF download.
to read more about this design, please see this blog post

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Alconleigh

Alconleigh is a stylish ensemble of hat and gauntlets heavily influenced by 1920s design.

This set is knitted in Susan Crawford Fenella yarn and the pattern provides the instructions for both hat and gauntlets.

Both the hat and gauntlets are knitted in the round with a small amount of stranded colourwork required.

Sizes

Hat – to fit head circumference: 18, 20, 22 & 24 inch
Gauntlets – Medium & Large

Yarn & Gauge

Yarn: Susan Crawford Fenella
129 metres/141 yards per 25g skein

Hat Only 
1 (1, 2, 2) skeins of shade Myristica 
1 (1, 1, 2) skein of shade Myrtle 
1 (1, 1, 1) skein of shade Jonquil

Gauntlets Only 
2 (2) skeins of shade Myristica 
1 (2) skein of shade Myrtle 
1 (1) skein of shade Jonquil

Hat and Gauntlets 
3 skeins of shade Myristica 
2 (2, 2, 3) skeins of shade Myrtle 
1 skein of shade Jonquil

Gauge: 28 stitches and 40 rows = 10 cm
in stocking stitch using smallest needles

Needles & Materials

Set of 2.75mm (US 2) double pointed needles or 40cm (16in) circular needle

Set of 3.25mm (US 3) double pointed needles (gauntlets only)

Set of of 3.75mm (US 5) double pointed needles or 40cm (16in) circular needle (hat only) 

2 Stitch markers 
Tapestry needle for sewing in ends

Format and Related Blog posts

The pattern is supplied as a 7 page English Language PDF download.

The pattern also contains both written and charted instructions.

Price & Purchase Options

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Sherbourne

This hat was designed to match the Sherbourne Cowl, itself reminiscent of Elizabethan collars. Both are named after Sherbourne New Castle in Dorset, which was built by Sir Walter Raleigh on the estate in Sherbourne Dorset, leased to him by Queen Elizabeth I. The original Lodge has been added to over the centuries and Capability Brown redesigned the parkland in the 18th Century.

Sizes

The hat comes in 2 sizes: 
Medium: 20.25 inches / 51.5cm in circumference 
Large: 23.25 inches / 59cm circumference

Yarn & Gauge

1 x 100g skein of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (300yds/270m) 30% silk/70% merino extrafine wool, shown in colour 7325
or
2 x 50g Malabrigo Silky Merino (50g,150yds/137m) 51% silk/49% merino

Gauge
22 stitches and 30 rows = 10 cm
in stocking stitch

Needles & Materials

3.75mm (US5) short circular needle or dpns 
Waste yarn 
Tapestry needle 
Stitchmarker

Format and Blog posts

The pattern is provided as 3 page English Language PDF download

Price and Purchase Options

£3.75
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Sarum

This hat was inspired by the Prisoners of Conscience stained glass window in Salisbury Cathedral’s Trinity Chapel, designed by Gabriel Loire of Chartres in the 1980s. This informs the lancet shapes, although here they are stacked, and my choice of colour; the stained glass is worked predominantly in striking blues which have an amazing luminosity.

Sizes

Small: to fit 17-19 inches, 43-48cm
Medium: to fit 19-21 inches, 48.5-53.5cm 
Large: to fit 22-24 inches, 56-61 cm. 

Yarn & Gauge

Yarn

Sarum can be knit in any 4 ply yarn (100g = 440yds/400m)
You will require:
Main yarn – 20g
Contrast Yarn – 30g

Samples knit in
Lang Jawoll Superwash Solid sock wool in Graphite Marl (50g = 230yds/210 m) as the main and
Ba t’at yarns Aire in Mixed Berries (100g = 379m/414yds).
One hat in each size was made from a single ball of each.

Gauge
Size is achieved by using different sized needles to obtain a different gauge for each hat.
Small: 42st x 38 rows = 10x10cm/4 x 4 inches
Medium: 38st x 36 rows = 10x10cm/4 x4 inches
Large: 34st x 34 rows = 10x10cm/4 x 4inches

Needles & Materials

Small: 2mm (US0) short circular for ribbed band & 2.25mm (US1) short circular for body and dpns for crown decreases
Medium: 2.5mm (US1.5) short circular for ribbed band & 2.75mm (US2) short circular for body and dpns for crown decreases
Large: 2.75mm (US2) short circular for ribbed band & 3mm (US2.5) short circular for body and dpns for crown decreases.

Format and blog post

The pattern is provided as a 5 page English Language PDF download and contains both written and charted instructions

Price & Purchase Options

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