Elsie Hat

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In an effort to find a balance between financial accessibility and sustainable pricing, all of my patterns are offered on a “Pay What Works” scale. This allows for financial flexibility while still valuing and respecting the work and energy it took to publish this pattern. The price shown on Ravelry is the “true” value of the pattern that best reflects the time, investment, and creativity of this design. If needed, you can purchase the pattern at a more accessible price point by using one of the coupon codes below at checkout. The prices indicate the amount you will pay, not the discount amount. No coupon code is needed for the highest price point.

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PWW2 - $3.60

PWW3 - $4.80

NO CODE - $6.00

About the Pattern

Visits to my Grandmother Elsie’s house are always memorable, and prominent in all of those memories is her favorite brocade-patterned afghan.  The diamond texture and thick wool instantly make me feel cozy and warm, so it was the perfect inspiration for this hat!

The squishy split brim is knit flat then joined in the round to knit the brocade pattern. This construction creates a hat the keeps your ears covered for maximum warmth without needing to be pulled too far down your forehead or bunching up at the back of your neck.  The braided tassels and furry pom-pom add a touch of whimsy to your finished hat but are completely optional.

 

Yarn 

You will need approximately 190 yds (174 m) / 80 g of DK weight yarn.

The samples, both for 24 in (61 cm) size, were knit with:

Orange Slouchy: Farmers Daughter Fibers, Pishkun DK, 100% Rambouillet 184 yds (168 m) / 72 g in the Salmon Berry colorway.

White Snug: Cascade Yarns, Aegean Tweed, 164 yds (150 m) / 46 g in color 07.

 

Needles

Choose needles that complement your yarn and a method you are comfortable with for knitting in the round. I used US 5 (3.75 mm) for the brim, US 6 (4 mm) for the body.

 

Gauge

2x2 rib on US 5 (3.75 mm); 24 sts x 26 rows = 4 in (10 cm)

Brocade on US 6 (4 mm); 19 sts x 24 rounds = 4 in (10 cm

 

Size

The pattern is written in four sizes with 2 in (5 cm) of negative ease to fit a head circumference of 20 (22, 24, 26) in [51 (56, 61, 66) cm]. There are also options for a snug or slouchy fit.

 

Special Techniques

  • Tubular Cast-on

  • Joining and knitting in the round