Knit Locally’s Gift Guide 2018
Single Skein Project
“Pebbles” Hat by Wooly Wormhead
Knit in Rosy Green Wool Big Merino Hug
Yarn Cost: $24.95
Pattern Cost: $7 (available on Ravelry)
Our Sample: Medium (21″) Slouch Version, “Ruby” Colorway
About the Pattern
Knit hats are one of the quintessential gifts–good for all ages, styles, and sizes. Out of the myriad of hat patterns on Ravelry, this is one of our favorites. The designer, Wooly Wormhead, describes herself as a “hat architect.” She only writes hat patterns, but they are REALLY GOOD hat patterns. The “Pebbles” hat was designed especially for Rosy Green Wool Big Merino Hug, and uses one skein. The pattern is very versatile, including 3 sizes and 2 different options — a beanie version and a slouch version — so you get a total of 6 possible hats.
About the Yarn
We used the yarn this pattern was designed for: Rosy Green Wool Big Merino Hug. This aran-weight yarn is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified, which means it is guaranteed good for the environment, sheep and humans. It is soft and not scratchy, and machine washable. We carry all 22 colors in the shop, so you can be sure to find your recipient’s favorite color. This is a special yarn for a special recipient — both easy to care for and a sustainable luxury yarn.
Our Notes: Knit by Beth
This is a wonderful hat pattern – detailed yet easy to understand. I knit the slouch version, and I LOVE the finished hat — and I normally don’t wear slouch hats, because they either don’t fit, or don’t sit well. I put the finished hat on and shook my head around, and it stayed put! I would knit another hat (or 10) by this designer for that reason alone. The alternate cable-cast on was new to me, and easy to learn. It gives the ribbing a consistent edge in pattern. The cable pattern was easy to memorize, and the whole hat knit up quickly.
My only modification was to use alternate instructions for how to cable without a cable needle. The method the designer included in the pattern has clear instructions, and is very effective when used on wider cables. Since the cables are 1×1, I used the following methods because I find them quicker:
C2F without a cable needle: Knit into the back of the second stitch without slipping stitch off the needle. Knit into the first stitch. Slip both stitches off the needle.
C2B without a cable needle: Knit into the second stitch without slipping stitch off the needle. Knit into the first stitch. Slip both stitches off the needle.