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Thursday
Mar272014

Laura's Loop: Hat to Match

I had hardly cast off for my Long Lovely Mittens when I cast on for a Hat to Match. At the time, Purl Soho's stunning single-ply merino Line Weight was new to our shelves and new to me, and a pair of mittens, no matter how long or lovely, wasn't enough. I needed more yards under my belt, and as it turns out, I needed a matching hat for my head.

While I've never been one for precise matching and I've never worn a pantsuit or a sweater set, I have always greatly appreciated the air of elegance and femininity that lofts about a synchronized outfit. As I first tried on those Long Lovely Mittens , a feeling of grace washed over me, and I knew more was in store...

My Hat to Match may not be the tam that Queen Elizabeth would wear with long gloves, but then, I’m not Queen Elizabeth! The simple structure (and pattern!), the soft edge and slight slouch seamlessly slip into any sort of wardrobe, coordinated or not! -Laura

MATERIALS

GAUGE

31 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on smaller needles

SIZES

Kid/Teen (Adult Small/Medium, Adult Medium/Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 16 1/2 (18 1/2, 20 1/2) inches, un-stretched.
  • Finished Height:  9 1/2 (10 3/4, 11 1/4) inches, with directions to modify.
  • Ease and Fit: Designed with negative 2 to 3 inches of ease, as well as with extra height at the crown for slouchiness. 

PATTERN

Begin with Rolled Edge

Cast 128 (144, 160) stitches onto the larger needle.

Place marker (pm) and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches. 

Knit one round.

Change to smaller needle; work in stockinette stitch, knitting each round, until piece measures 7 (7 3/4, 8) inches from rolled edge or until 2 1/2 (3, 3 1/4) inches shy of desired finished height.

Shape Top of Hat

Set-Up Round: *K32 (36, 40), pm, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 1: *K4, k2tog, knit to two before next marker, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. (8 stitches decreased)

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 eleven (thirteen, fifteen) more times. [32 (32, 32) stitches]

Next Round: *Ssk, (k2tog) two times, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. [16 (16, 16) stitches]

Cut yarn, thread it onto a tapestry needle and draw it through the remaining stitches. Pull taut and fasten tail by weaving it into inside of hat. 

Finish

Weave in remaining tails and block as desired. 

Reader Comments (7)

Love it, you always make me happy! Another great project!
March 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergg
Line weight has many tones of grays in the line. What are the two beautiful grays shown w/ the pink?
March 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura's Loop
Hi!

Am considering this pattern for holiday gifts this year and just want to be clear- 1 skein of the line weight is enough to do even the adult large?

Thanks, and can't wait to start!!!
March 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
H Christine-

Yes, it's enough for any of the sizes!

Thanks for your question and good luck with the project.

M
March 31, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello "Laura's Loop" / Gwen:
Thank you so much for asking. The three samples are knit in the following colors Oyster Gray (Ballet Pink, Storm Gray). I have edited the MATERIALS section of the pattern to reflect this!
Thanks again.
Laura
April 1, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi,

I love this simple hat and would love to have it in 100% cashmere. Would you recommend using the Jade Sapphire 2 ply cashmere? If I doubled the Jade would 1 skein be enough?

Thanks!
Sara
April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara
Hi Sara,
You could substitute Jade Sapphire's 2 Ply for sure. You wouldn't need to double it. And one skein would be enough! Just remember that cashmere doesn't have the natural elasticity that sheep's wool does, so your hat may stretch out a bit. In other words, if you are deciding between sizes, I'd make the smaller one and if you are deciding between needles, again, I'd go with the smaller. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Laura
May 5, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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