Really, really, really overdue introduction

Last November I self-published my first pattern on Ravelry. It was exciting and the beginning of a new path that I have been following ever since. In December, I got my second pattern back from my tech editor, quickly took some sample photos and posted it up to Ravelry right away in the hopes of getting some last minute pre-Christmas pattern sales.

Well, truthfully, posting two weeks before Christmas didn’t get me any extra sales and it meant that I was too busy with holiday preparations for proper promotion. Hence the super late “introduction” post.

But there are still relevant things to discuss about this pattern, so better late than never – meet Primero!


The word primero means “first” in Spanish, and I chose that name because this hat was designed as the project for my “Introduction to Fair Isle” class. It is a great first project for learning stranded knitting and it has worked out well for me when teaching the class for the past 2+ years. Give me two hours of your time, and I can teach you stranded knitting. The hat builds the knitter’s skills over the course of the two hours and since we make the 6-9 month size most students are halfway through the chart by the time class is over.

If you are a self-motivated knitter who often learns techniques from books, then this is a great pattern to start with, even without my personal instruction. If you want the class experience, I teach the Primero hat at Natural Stitches on a regular basis. My next class will be in December – check back here in a few weeks to see the day and time.




This hat was designed to be an ideal first stranded knitting project. It is meant to cover all of the basic skills that ones needs to do stranded knitting on a small, rewarding project that slowly builds in difficulty. Pattern includes a page of notes for successful stranded knitting.

The Primero Hat never uses more than two colors in the same row and a single color is used for no more than 5 consecutive stitches through most of the color work. A wool or wool blend yarn is recommended for maximum “forgiveness” and memory, especially for a knitter new to stranded knitting.

Stranded knitting is represented in the color knitting chart.

This pattern requires the knitter to work knit, purl, and decrease stitches in the round for the basic hat shape. This pattern does not recommend a particular method for knitting in the round.

Hat is sized from 12” to 22” in 2” increments. Measurements for each size assume 1-2” of negative ease for a snug-fitting and warm hat.

Yarn Substitutions:
Cascade 220, Dream in Color Classy, Madelinetosh Vintage or your favorite worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarn. Yardage listed is based on the entire skein. In practice, the hat does not use an entire skein of any of the colors.

Tech Editing by cmuralidhara

Due to the nature of electronic pattern sales, once you have downloaded a pdf file of the pattern, there will be no refunds issued.


I’ll be honest and tell you that I still don’t love the photos that I have of this hat. But my son wore this hat so much last fall, winter and spring that it needs a MAJOR de-fuzzing before I can attempt another photo shoot this year. Below is a version that I did with leftovers from a baby blanket for me.




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