Hat with Colorwork Trim

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“When designing, I like bringing contemporary shapes and traditional techniques together – in this case, using a bit of old school colorwork to trim a more modern hat shape. The trim pattern is repeated again – with a twist – in the crown’s 6-pointed star motif. Choose two highly contrasting colors for a bold, graphic look, or two subtle tones for an understated nod to tradition. I like to think of this as a “throw-on-and-go” hat – the crown’s top-loop makes for easy hanging on wall hooks or coat racks for easy access when you’re running out the door.” – Jared Flood


Two colors of fingering weight wool yarn:

  • Color 1 (C1): 125 yards
  • Color 2: (C2): 115 yards



Single-Color Gauge:

  • 28 stitches & 42 rounds = 4″ in single-color circular stockinette stitch with Needle B, after blocking

Colorwork Gauge:

  • 28 stitches & 28 rounds = 4″ in circular stranded colorwork with Needle C, after blocking

Needle A (Ribbing Needle): 

  • 16″ circular needle and one set of DPNs two (US) sizes smaller than Needle B
  • Suggested Size: 2¼ mm (US 1)

Needle B (Single Color Gauge Needle): 

  • 16″ circular and one set of DPNs in size needed to obtain Single-Color Gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Needle C (Colorwork Gauge Needle): 

  • 16″ circular and one set of DPNs in size needed to obtain stranded colorwork gauge listed

Due to significant variance from knitter to knitter, your colorwork fabric should be swatched prior to knitting to decide whether or not this needle size is larger, smaller or equal to Needle B.

Finished dimensions
  • 19″ circumference at brim, 21½” circumference at widest point, 9¼” total length; measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking
  • To fit average adult head sizes (19-23½”) comfortably
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