I tried this pattern a couple of years ago and it was definitely a very popular choice around here. It’s a great project that doesn’t require too much brain power but makes a great gift! It works up relatively quickly with a bulky weight yarn like Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport, hand dyed merino Malabrigo Mecha, or budget friendly Berroco Vintage Chunky.
Oy vey, how pretty is this cabled hat?! I think it would look amazing in a simple yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash (the heathered colours would be especially fetching), but any worsted weight solid, semi-solid, heathered or tweed yarn would look amazing! Be sure to wash your hat and lay it flat to dry to settle the cables.
It’s that time of year where we start to scramble to make holiday gifts … ideally, gifts that are fast to knit and will be well received. I think this hat fits the bill. It’ll look great on a woman or a man, it’s made with a soft, warm yarn that you’ll love to work with and they will love to wear, and it’s a Freebie too!
I really wanted to get my needles into some of our new Studio Donegal Soft Donegal, and of course it is hat season, so I decided to try a new pattern that I’ve been eyeballing for a number of years.
The pattern is Rosebud, and it worked up extremely well with the Soft Donegal! The yarn softened up and bloomed after blocking (I washed it in Eucalan and laid it flat to dry). It’s a really nice tweed, a good compromise – it has the body and most of the memory of a traditional tweed, but it’s MUCH softer.
The pattern is only written for one size, and I made the slouchy version. I found that it is a size large, it should fit a 22″ to 23″ head comfortably – the hat is much too large for my little 21″ head. If I were to do it again for my little noggin I would omit about 20 stitches from the pattern. Most of the hat is knit in a plain garter stitch, so playing with the numbers is pretty easy.
Sometimes people find working from a knitting chart a little bit hard, but there are hacks you can use to make your life easier!
We got this beautiful new yarn (Manos Alegria Grande) in the store recently and I was kind of itching to get my needles into it … so I did! And I made a hat! I made a Simple Ribbed Hat, which is an old pattern of ours that I just revised while working on the hat.
I chose a 1×1 rib because the dense rib tends to mitigate any potential colour pooling in hand-dyed yarns. It also makes a nice, warm hat, especially when worn with the brim turned up. I think it’ll make a great gift, especially with the holiday season creeping up.
I was surprised my friend Rosie didn’t know about this FREE pattern since we had made a store sample years ago, but then I remembered that it wasn’t kicking around the store because I WORE the sample all last winter – it was my favourite hat of the season. I’ve rectified my transgression and made a new store sample with a skein of Malabrigo Mecha, and it looks even better than the first incarnation. Just one caveat, I made a mistake and followed the instructions for the wrong pattern (the Long Beanie) for the crown decreases, so my latest doesn’t look exactly like the pattern pics. I guess I’ll have to do a third!
Malabrigo Mecha: 1 skein
Malabrigo Chunky SALE: 1 skein
Berroco Vintage Chunky: 1 skein
Different fibres behave in different ways. Alpaca has a LOT of drape, and will slouch copiously (Like the Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport). Wool has a lot of body and will keep its shape well (likeMalabrigo Mecha or Malabrigo Chunky). Blends will vary in behaviour, combinations of wool & synthetic will have some drape and also keep some shape (like Berroco Vintage Chunky). Additionally, if you want your hat to drape or slouch more, knit it at a looser tension (on slightly larger needles), and if you want it to have more body and keep its shape, make it with at a firm tension (on slightly smaller needles). Alpaca also lacks stitch definition due to its fuzziness, which is much more prominent in a wool or a wool blend.