Have you ever had one of those weekends with few real plans, but a very critical list of items that needed to be done before bedtime on Sunday night, leaving you with little time to complete optional items? Yes, well that’s the kind of weekend I had and it may not be the last. :-)
I mention this because I published a new hat pattern on Friday, and I haven’t had the opportunity to tell you about it yet! It has been one of those weeks where there is always something just slightly more critical to get done after the kids are in bed, and I have not had the kind of focus needed to write a blog post at 10pm. But as the birthday invitations are sent, upcoming appointments have been made, and I’m a teeny bit less swamped at work, I can use my lunch hour to share the Proxima Hat with you today!
Though I did preview a couple of my samples a few weeks ago during the 12 days of casting on…
The Proxima hat is my 13 self-published pattern on ravelry, and like most of my other hat patterns it is graded from 12” to 22” circumference. Unlike my other stranded hat patterns, this one has colorwork from right after the ribbed brim all the way through the crown. The pattern includes three charts to accommodate the different lengths needed for varying hat sizes and crown shaping.
I developed the crown motif while improving another stranded hat several years ago. The hat had a few issues with shape and fiber content (knitting a hat with 100% alpaca needs to be thought out carefully…), so it feels like I have finally won over this design. My old sample is still around and still mocks me a little bit for not working out the first time. Maybe someday I will return to the original idea, but for now I feel a big sense of relief that my favorite thing about that hat has been realized in a completed design.
In Proxima, the stranded design never uses more than two colors in the same row and the background color regularly alternates between two analogous colors. You could easily use more colors in the background or use a variegated yarn with long color repeats. A wool or wool blend yarn is recommended for maximum “forgiveness” and memory. Based on previous experience, I don’t recommend 100% alpaca, unless you like your hats floppy!
Required Skills: This pattern requires the knitter to work knit, purl, and decrease stitches in the round for the basic hat shape. The colorwork and crown decreases are represented in the chart, and not written. This pattern does not recommend a particular method for knitting in the round.
0-3m, 1-2y & T/S adult sizes: 24 sts/26 rows = 4” (10 cm) square
6-9m, 3-10y & L adult sizes: 21 sts/24 rows = 4” (10 cm) square
Gauge measured in stranded knitting with larger needles
Needles: 0-3m, 1-2y & T/S adult sizes: U.S. Size 4 (3.5 mm) & 6 (4 mm)
6-9m, 3-10y & L adult sizes: U.S. Size 6 (4 mm) & 8 (5 mm)
or size to produce noted gauge.
Sizes and Finished Measurements:
0-3 Months – 12” Brim Circumference
6-9 Months – 13.75” Brim Circumference
1-2 Years – 16” Brim Circumference
3-10 Years – 18.25” Brim Circumference
Teen/Small Adult – 20” Brim Circumference
Large Adult – 22.75” Brim Circumference
Note: Measurements for each size assume 1-2” of negative ease for a snug-fitting and warm hat. Infant and toddler head circumference can vary by as much as 3”. When possible, measure the head of the intended recipient.
Good Yarn Substitutions: Berroco Vintage, Dream in Color Classy, or your favorite worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarn. Handspun yarn in worsted weight would work well also.
Due to the nature of electronic pattern sales, once you have downloaded a pdf file of the pattern, there will be no refunds issued.