Cool and sophisticated and fun to knit! With this hat, you can leave the top down on your classic convertible as you motor along the French Riviera east of Marseille, no matter how sunny the day … and you’ll have the time to do so, since the piece is knit in the round in one seamless piece from the top of crown down to edge of the brim; there is no need for wire, sewn-in seam tape, or anything but Tofutsies yarn to achieve the resultant shaping,
The Erwin Mills in Durham, NC produced cotton and denim starting in the 1890s. By the roaring 20s, the mills were fertile territory for unionization as workers tried to improve their lot, leading to a strike across Durham cotton mills in 1934. This little striped cloche, knit in worsted yarn, pays tribute to the mill workers of Durham. The button detail and folded seed stitch brim add a bit of modern flair to a simple flapper style.
I wanted to push the boundary of simple, ordinary stripes and wondered what it’d be like to take inspiration from cable knitting and combine it with playful colors. The combination of stripes and twisted stitch colorwork results in a pattern that looks deceptively harder than it really is. The techniques I use in this design create color patterns that pop without the fuss of stranded colorwork or intarsia.
This is a super easy cloche style hat that’s made to show off your favorite heavy yarns. It requires approximately 150 yards of heavy worsted weight or Aran yarn to make a large hat, a pretty matching decorative button to hold up the side brim, and 2 circular needles or 5 straights to knit in the round. The simple construction lets your yarn be the star; it works well with long-color shifting yarns, multi-colored yarns and handspuns. It makes a good instant gratification knit and is mindless…
Using bulky novelty yarn, this hat can be created in just a few hours. You can also use a solid bulky yarn or a combination of yarns, but make sure that the gauge remains the same, and add your favorite flower.