The clean shape of this classic slouchy cap is the perfect canvas for a beautiful ombre fabric. The marled gradient is formed by working with double- stranded yarn that alternates between 3 consecutive values of color. For a bold gradient effect, choose 3 colors that are equally spaced on the value scale (light, medium and dark), or for a more subtle shift choose three similar values that have subtle shifts in color.
In our brown sample we started with the lightest value so the hat darkens towards the crown; swapping color 1 and 3 will reverse the direction of the gradient. For all its simplicity, the results are truly enchanting as well as addicting (knitters at our headquarters are hooked!)
With three shades Loft yarn, you can knit the hat twice – reversing your gradient’s direction on your second sample – and still have three-quarters of a skein leftover in Color 2 for another project.
Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:
- Color 1: Approximately 77 yard
- Color 2: Approximately 25 yards
- Color 3: Approximately 195 yards
- 1 skein of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Note: With three shades of Loft yarn, you can knit the hat twice – reversing your gradient’s direction on your second sample – and still have three-quarters of a skein leftover in Color 2 for another project.
- 18 stitches & 26 rows = 4″ in circular stockinette stitch and yarn held double with Gauge Needle; measurement taken from relaxed fabric after blocking
- Needle A (Gauge Needle): One 16″ circular and one set of DPNs (or one long circular, if using the Magic Loop knitting method) in size needed to obtain gauge
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)
- Needle B: One 16″ circular needle two sizes smaller than Needle A
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
- Needle C (Used for Tubular Cast On only): One 16″ circular needle one size smaller than Needle B
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)
- 18″ brim circumference (unstretched), 24″ circumference at widest point, 10¼” height
- To fit average adult head sizes (20″-24″)