For the past twenty years or so, my aunt and uncle have hosted Thanksgiving as an annual family reunion. Two dozen (or more) of us descend on their house from all over the country, starting our celebration on Wednesday evening and keeping it going straight through the weekend. Since New York can be cold in November, I wore one of my warmest hats to Thanksgiving dinner last year – and my aunt admired it to the point of putting it on her own head and running off to look at herself in the mirror. I asked her (not too subtly) what colour her winter coat was, and then sent her this hat as a surprise bit of thanksgiving.
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YARN and GAUGE
The hat is knit with two contrasting colours of worsted weight yarn, plus a small amount of sport weight yarn if you wish to include a facing. The sample hat was made in the smaller (120 stitch) size in Cascade 220 in shades of light and dark purple, using approximately half a skein of each colour, and the facing with approximately 70 yards of Cascade 220 Sport Superwash in beet red, all on US 6 (4mm) needles at 23 stitches to 4”, and fits a 21.5” head with a little bit of ease.
The hat is charted for two sizes and has an optional facing, which is knit in a lighter-weight yarn on the same size needles. Omitting the facing will result in a looser hat.
YOU WILL NEED
16″ circular needle (optional, but recommended) and a set of five double-point needles, size US 6 (4mm) or the size needed to get gauge for your particular yarn, a stitch marker for the beginning of the round, plus a darning needle to weave in ends. Stitch markers to indicate each section of the hat can be helpful.
The beet-red facing feels like a fun surprise, hiding away underneath the more subtle purples.
Half a skein of the 220 sport was enough for a lining that’s more than three inches tall, so there’s a triple-thickness of wool to keep the cold off one’s ears.
Important Copyright Information: The Hollis Hills Hat knitting pattern is © 2019 Knitting Pirate. You may not sell or otherwise distribute copies of this pattern, but you may absolutely sell the hats you make with appropriate credit given for the design. If you have any questions about what you can or can’t do with this pattern, please feel free to contact me on Ravelry.