As a native Floridian, it’s not often that the need strikes
for cozy knitwear. Where people wear
bikinis and swim trunks almost year round,
too warm for sweaters, and scarves and
mittens seem silly. A good hat though,
especially a silly one, is never out
of order during the one or two weeks
of chilly weather. And what would a silly
hat be without super-bulky yarn and pompoms?
The bright cheery colors are perfect
for feeling sunny even through the cooler
months, and the bulky yarn spins up quickly. The colorway is my own creation,
using a combination of muddy browns and contrasting warm pastels. Each
single was spun with a different combination of colors, resulting in a
multi-color, two-tone, blended effect.
As the owner of an antique spinning
wheel (rescued from an attic, no less)
with a less-than-adjustable tension,
I’ve chosen to embrace
the bulky thick-and-thin yarns it puts
out. Once plied, the yarn is pretty even and glows with handspun character.
This hat can easily be knit up in an afternoon, just in time for the cold
fronts blowing in.
McCormick photos: Taylor
Hat circumference (unstretched): 20 inches
Will comfortably stretch to fit head circumference up to 24 inches
Fiber: Corriedale Wool Top
Yardage used: Approximately 150 yards
8 wraps per inch
Corriedale Wool [100% Corriedale wool top];
(For this hat, I hand-dyed my own roving.)
per inch: 8
Commercial Yarn Alternative
Picks Wool Of The Andes Bulky [100% Wool;
137 yd/125 m per 100g/3.53
oz skein]; color: Spumoni;
14 sts/21 rounds = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Using a double-pointed needle, CO 3 sts. Next Row: Instead of turning work around to work back on the WS, slide
all sts to other end of needle, switch needle back to your left hand, bring
yarn around back of work, and start knitting the sts again. I-Cord is worked
with the RS facing at all times.
Repeat this row to form I-cord. After a few rows, work will begin to form
CO 3 sts on dpn, leaving a long tail. Work I-cord for 12 inches.
Transfer sts to circular needle. Row 1 [RS]: K. Row 2 [WS]: P. Row 3 [RS]: K1, kfb, k1. 4 sts. Row 4 [WS]: P. Row 5 [RS]: K1, kfb, kfb, k1. 6 sts. Row 6 [WS]: P.
Row 7 [RS] Rows: K1, kfb, knit to last two stitches,
kfb, k1. 2 sts increased. Row 8 [WS]: P across.
Repeat the last two rows until there
are 20 sts on the needle.
Next row [RS]: K.
Following row [WS]: P.
Repeat the above two rows for 2 inches.
Cut an 8-inch tail, and transfer sts to st holder.
Make a second earflap, but leave sts on the circular needle
and do not cut the yarn.
Body of Hat: Setup: K across 20 sts on
the earflap. CO 18 sts. Transfer sts
from the first ear flap to left needle,
and k across the 20 sts. CO 6 sts,
pm, CO 6 sts. 70 sts.
Join for working in the round, being
careful not to twist. The marker indicates the start of
round. Body round: K.
Repeat until hat measures 5 inches from
Decrease for Crown:
Decrease for top as follows. Switch to
dpns when round is too small to work comfortably on circular
needles. When a complete k2tog cannot be done before hitting
marker, knit to marker.
Round 1: [K3, k2tog] around. 56 sts.
Round 2: K.
Round 3: [K2, k2tog] around.
Round 4: K.
Round 5: [K1, k2tog] around.
Round 6: K.
Round 7: K2tog around. 14
Round 8: K.
Round 9: K2tog around. 7 sts.
Round 10: K.
Round 11: K2tog three times,
k1. 4 sts.
Cut yarn leaving a 12-inch tail. Using yarn needle, thread through
remaining 4 sts. Gather stitches tightly and tie off.
Using remaining yarn make three pompoms:
Wrap yarn around your palm (or a piece of
cardboard 3.5 inches wide) approx 25 times.
Carefully slide the bundle off, and using a
7-inch long piece of yarn, tie across the midsection
of the bundle tightly. Cut through both sets
Using the long tails at the ends of earflaps
and tops of hat, tie pompom tightly using a
double knot. Fluff the pompoms to achieve desired
look. Cut the tail, leaving an extra three
inches. Let the tail hang down into the
pompons – it’s more secure that
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
A 20-something college student, Christine has been crazy about
yarn since learning to crochet 12 years ago. After tackling her
first knit project (a worsted-weight cotton sock) in her dorm room
one night, she hasn’t stopped knitting since. Christine currently
lives in Florida, where she tends to her chickens and forces her
fiance to wear wool sweaters whenever the temperature dips below