i had a new hat pattern come out in the book weekend hats this week! melissa and cecily have put together an incredible anthology of hat patterns by my favorite designers, and somehow i managed to be included, too! it is really super exciting for me to be in this book, and i can’t thank melissa and cecily enough for asking me to do a pattern.
the pebbled beanie was designed to break up pooling in hand painted yarns. the sample shown in the book, which was knit by melissa, is shown in kangaroo dyer semi-solid hand dyed sock yarn. i knit up another one previously in franklin, but it was too busy to photograph.
the stitch pattern that i used is a little fiddly, but it looks so good with variegated yarns, especially those with short repeats, that i think it’s worth it. i feel like the fabric it makes reads more like a pointillist painting than it does a sea of pool-y color, which i think is an improvement on the fabric of most hand-dyed yarns. shortly after i knit up the first one, my boyfriend requested a hat in the same pattern, but a thicker yarn. i chose two colors of malabrigo worsted and alternated them every row.
the photos in the book show the hat with the brim folded up, but it’s designed so that if you love a lot of slouch, you can turn the brim down for a longer hat. my boyfriend likes his hats extra slouchy, and has a giant watermelon sized head, so he wears it with the brim folded down.
pretty slouchy, huh? in that photo, he is looking at seals on the beach in chatham, ma. they were so cool! i also made him mitts to go with the hat, but i think i might need to knit him another pair soon. they survived a winter of serious snow shoveling as only a high quality merino yarn can – they felted and pilled. at least he got good use out of them!
i’ve also used this stitch pattern for a hat i made for myself in some yarn i spun from a braid of fiber i bought from pigeonroof studios at stitches west last year. i spun it up last winter and shortly thereafter knit up a hat for myself in it. it looks great in handspun!