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Simple Pleasures Hat

For this hat, I wanted to use the most luxurious fibers I could get my hands on and to let the yarn speak for itself by keeping the shape casual and the design simple. Jade Sapphire's 2 Ply Cashmere Silk answered the call. Doubled for the cuff and combined with a laceweight mohair (Rowan's Kid Silk Haze or Alchemy's Haiku) for the crown, the Cashmere Silk is one of Purl's gems. It is unbelievably soft and supple; it's beautifully hand dyed; its materials are of unparalleled quality; and it's surprisingly affordable. Whenever I knit with it, I spend as much time admiring what I've knit as I do actually knitting! 

If you've never knit a hat before, this is a wonderful place to start. You will learn to knit in the round (with circular needles), but can delay the dreaded double pointed needles because they're not necessary for this pattern. Even if you've knit hundreds of hats, this may be welcome news!

To get started, please visit keep on reading. If the yellow mittens are catching your eye, check out last March's EZ's Mitts entry - it's a great time of year to be thinking about mittens! -Whitney

Updated: A New Simple Pleasures Hat

To make the version of this hat posted on August 30, 2012, you will need the following materials. Please note, the needles are smaller than in the original pattern. Over the years, thanks to the feedback of our wonderful readers, we found that dropping down a couple of needle sizes is a good idea. Cashmere blooms quite a bit with wear, so at first, the 14 1/2-inch circumference may seem a bit small, but after a wear or two, it will feel just right!

The (Updated) Materials

The (Updated) Gauge

6 1/4 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch using the larger needle and 1 strand of each yarn

 

Original Simple Pleasures Hat: The Materials

  • 1 ball of Rowan's Kid Silk Haze, 70% super kid mohair, 30% silk (This color is "Majestic", #589.) (For more color options, consider Alchemy's Haiku mohair/silk blend. The equivalent gauge of Kid Silk Haze, it's a beautifully hand dyed alternative.)
  • 1 skein of Jade Sapphire's 2 Ply Cashmere-Silk, 45% cashmere, 55% silk. (This is color is "Tea Leaves".)

The Pattern

Gauge

4.75 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch, using the larger needle and 1 strand of cashmere silk and 1 strand of mohair

Finished Size

18 inches in circumference, unstretched. To fit an average woman's head.

Note

For this pattern, I call the Cashmere Silk "Yarn A". (It is doubled for the cuff.) I call the Mohair "Yarn B". (For the crown, one strand of Yarn A is combined with with one strand of Yarn B.)

To double Yarn A, either wind the skein into two balls and pull one strand from each ball. Or, wind a center-pull ball (by hand or, more easily, on a swift) and pull one strand from the inside of the ball and one from the outside.

Cuff

Using 2 strands of Yarn A, cast 92 stitches onto the smaller needle.

Join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches. Place marker to indicate the end of the round.

Round 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until the piece measures 6 inches from the cast on edge.

Crown

Cut one of the strands of Yarn A and add one strand of Yarn B (so that you're knitting with one strand of A and one strand of B).

Change to the larger needle, and knit every round until the crown measures 7 inches from the top edge of the cuff.

 

Next Round: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (69 stitches)

Knit 2 rounds.

Next Round: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (46 stitches)

Knit 2 rounds.

Next Round: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (23 stitches) (This round will be a litle tight on the circular needle. Feel free to switch to double pointed needles if you want, but I didn't find it neccessary.)

Cut a 12 inch tail and thread it onto a tapestry needle.

Thread the tail through the remaining 23 stitches.

Remove the circular needle and pull the tail tight. Thread the tail through the center top to the inside of the hat.

Weave in all the tails. (Remember to weave in the cast on tail on the right side because the cuff will be worn folded up.)

The hat looks a little funny...

...but starts to look a little less funny when you fold the cuff...

...and then looks totally cute when you put it on!

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68 Responses to Simple Pleasures Hat


  1. Sam says:

    Love this hat! Do you have this pattern written out for a toddlers size?! Thank you!

  2. Linda W says:

    I'd like to make this hat with your new instructions (smaller needles) but am a bit confused about a new gauge with the size 7 needles in the crown. Do you have a gauge and do I still cast on 92 stitches with the #6 needle? I found this on Ravelry and some knitters used two strands of the cashmere throughout and added the mohair for the crown (3 strands total). Any comments about how the finished product might differ from your original of the crown being just two strands? I have the Jade Sapphire 2-ply cashmere and Shibui Silk Cloud. Thank you! Can't wait to make it…

  3. Jill says:

    Hi! I was in a yarn shop near my house and they had a sample of this beautiful hat! I want to try this out using the Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk. Which has a gauge of 5-6 stiches per inch, 3-5 US. My yarn shop suggested a size 6 needle, I was curious if you had any suggestions about using an even smaller needle on the cuff? Perhaps a 5? Also, would you use less stitches there? I'm not great at conversions so any help would be lovely! :)

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Jill,

    The second version of this hat (the white one) was knit at a gauge of 6 1/4 stitches to the inch. This works up into a very small hat that stretches a whole lot because it is made out of cashmere. The Alpaca Silk also stretches, but not quite to the extent of the cashmere. So, I would suggest following the pattern exactly as written, but with a gauge of about 5 1/2 or 5 3/4 stitches to the inch. Whatever needle size gets you to that gauge is what you should use, and then choose a needle one size smaller for knitting the cuff.

    I hope this helps sort things out for you. Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for these!

    Whitney

  5. Darleane says:

    How can i adapt the pattern to make this for my daughter who is 9? I've never made a hat before :)

    Thank you
    Darleane

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Darleane,

    I'm sorry, we don't currently have the resources to adapt patterns to different sizes (unless they are extremely basic). This pattern has a few issues you would have to consider to resize it, so if it's your first hat, you might want to try one that is already sized for a 9-year old, like our Heel Stitch Hat (http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/9/1/lauras-loop-heel-stitch-hat.html); Winter Hats for Everybody (http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2010/11/21/whits-knits-winter-hats-for-everybody.html); Cozy Ear Flap Hat (http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/3/10/whits-knits-cozy-ear-flap-hat.html); or Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone (http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/11/23/whits-knits-super-soft-merino-hats-for-everyone.html).

    Please let us know if you have any more questions and good luck!

    Whitney

  7. purl bee says:

    HI Mils,

    I never did turn this sweater into a written pattern, but we do have several resources for top-down knitting:

    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/7786-Stewart-Tabori-Chang-Modern-Top-Down-Knitting

    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8814-Interweave-Press-Top-Down-Sweaters

    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/6122-Schoolhouse-Press-Knitting-from-the-Top-Down

    I hope this helps you find what you're looking for! Thanks for your question!

    Whitney

  8. Laura E. Pate Bridgers says:

    Hello there. I will be knitting this hat as a Christmas gift and I am very excited about it, but I am a bit unsure of the needle size that I should be using. The hat will be knitted using Rowan Fine Lace paired with Rowan Kidsilk Haze, but I feel that leaves me somewhere between the original and updated patterns. I don't expect this yarn to bloom like the cashmere, but I haven't used it before and cannot be certain. Which pattern should I use?

    Thank you,
    Laura E. Pate Bridgers

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Laura,

    Have you tested your yarns at both gauges? If not, I would recommend that as a staring point, since it can be tricky to predict how two fibers together will behave.

    If, once you've seen the two fabrics, you're not happy with either choice, then you can either alter the pattern (if you feel comfortable doing that) or your yarn.

    I hope this gets you on the right path. Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one!

    Whitney

  10. Sarah says:

    Hi there, can you tell me approximately how much of the cashmere and mohair/silk was used? I have some leftovers I would like to use but I'm not sure if I will have enough.
    Thanks, Sarah

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I'm sorry that I don't have an exact number, but I would guess you'd be safe with 200-250 yards of each yarn!

    Thanks for asking and good luck!

    Whitney

  12. Robin says:

    I just saw the circumference of the hat and it made me a little nervous. I have a big head and a lot of hair, so I cast on 100 instead of 92. But it still looks so small! Should I make it a little bigger? I measured my head with my hair up in a bun and if was about 21in, and should be more with my hair in full frizz mode.

  13. purl bee says:

    Hi Robin-

    The finished measurement for this is 18-inches un-stretched and it will easily fit around a head 21-inches in circumference. Ribbing always looks deceptively small but it stretches a ton!

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Molly

  14. Nancy says:

    Hello ~ Gosh this hat looks so lovely! I need one! I've knitted a wool scar using a variegated yarn that goes from medium blue to dark navy. What two colors would u suggest using the cashmere & haiku?

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Nancy,

    We think that Jade Sapphire's Blue Steel or Slate Blue (for the 2 Ply Cashmere) would go beautifully with Alchemy's Blue Jay (for the Haiku).

    Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one! Sounds beautiful!

    Whitney

  16. purl bee says:

    Hi Amy,

    The important thing is that whatever you decide for the crown portion of the hat, it has to knit up to 4 3/4 stitches per inch. So you may need to experiment to see which you prefer: one strand of cashmere would be a bit loose at that gauge and two strands may be a bit tight.

    Of course, if you use one strand, one skein would be plenty. If you decide to use two, I think you'd have just enough, but it's close! You might want to buy an extra skein to be sure (if you don't end up needing it, you can exchange it within six months in its original skein).

    Please let us know if you have any more questions and thanks for this one!

    Whitney

  17. Sheryl says:

    Hi, I love this hat in the Tea Leaves color, but the new yarn option doesn't seem to match the original coloring. Can you give another suggestion? Is there a color in haiku that might look nice with the Pewter color in the cashmere?

    Thanks,
    Sheryl

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi Sheryl,

    Wow, I agree that our website's photo of the Tea Leaves looks a lot different than the Tea Leaves I used here! You may want to call the warehouse to talk with someone who can put her eyes on the actual skeins available to let you know if any of them are a closer match to this Tea Leaves. The number to call is (800) 597-7875 Monday through Friday 12-6 EST.

    Otherwise, I did check with our store team to see what they thought would be a good alternative. They report that the 2 Ply Cashmere in Silver Fox with the Haiku in Amethyst would be close, but lighter; and the 2 Ply Cashmere in Pewter with the Haiku (also) in Pewter would be a grayer, darker choice.

    I hope you find something you love! Please let us know if we can help you further and thanks for asking!

    Whitney

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