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A New Winter Hat

Last night I almost ran home to escape the freezing cold and the icy wind. I needed a hat, and I certainly have lots of hats, but like all knitters, once I was home, I decided I need a new one.

Here are a few good hat patterns I found and thought you might like too. Looks like Winter 2016 will be cold after all!

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith

Sheep are hard to resist, especially this flock in their green field under a snowy sky. Sized to fit most adults, Baa-ble Hat is knit with 4 shades of worsted weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter or Fibre Company Canopy Worsted.


Fishbones by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Fishbones uses stranded colorwork and an optional pom-pom for a fun hat. It’s made with 2 shades of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light or other sportweight yarn like Loop Studio.


Buck’s Hat by Thea Colman

With stitches criss-crossing a field of garter, Buck’s Hat would be wonderfully soft and warm in a yarn like Loop Studio Plus or Fibre Company Cumbria.


Crag by Jared Flood

Crag is a handsome cap with a geometric motif of interlocking tiered cables. It’s deep texture allows it to work with dark colors, making it a good choice for fans of black, charcoal, and navy. Made with 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.

Abra Hat

Abra Hat by Laura Singewald

It’s hard to beat the wonderful texture of seed stitch, especially in light and chunky Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. For a different range of colors, try Fibre Company Tundra. Abra is a unisex hat and is made with just 1 skein!

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Abra Hat

Abra Hat

When Brooklyn Tweed’s new chunky yarn Quarry arrived, Laura took a skein home to swatch. She came back with a hat we’ve named Abra.

Abra uses seed stitch for a warm, lightweight, and textural piece. You only need 1 skein of Quarry and the pattern is free below. It’s the perfect way to try this fabulous new yarn!


One size; to fit 20-23 inch head.

Brooklyn Tweed Quarry [100% American wool; 200 yds / 100g]: 1 skein, shown in flint.

US10 16-inch circular and double pointed needles.

3.25 sts = 1 inch in seed stitch

CO 64 sts; place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Work K1, P1 ribbing for 2 inches.

Round 1: M1 *p1, k1, rep from * to end of round. (65 sts.)
Round 2: *P1, K1 rep from * to end of round.
Round 3: *K1, P1 rep from * to end of round.

Repeat rounds 2 & 3 until hat measures 8 inches from cast on edge.

Switch to double pointed needles on next round.

Decrease round 1: *Work 2 sts in pattern, k2tog rep from * to end of round, K1. (49 sts)
Decrease round 2: *Work 1 st in pattern, k2tog rep from * to end of round, K1. (33 sts)
Decrease rounds 3, 4, 5: *K2tog rep from* to last st, k1. (5 sts)

Break yarn and use a tapestry needle to draw through remaining stitches.

Bring yarn to the inside of the hat and pull tight. Weave in ends.

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Gallery Hat

Gallery Hat

The Gallery hat has a long ribbed brim for extra warmth over your ears and a slightly slouchy top for a soft, casual look. It’s knit with just 1 skein of our Studio yarn that’s 100% American made!

Studio Colors Studio yarn, from left: cadmium, easel, landscape, skylight, watercolor, and sketchbook.

We used Watercolor, a bright medium blue, but all of the colors will make a terrific hat. Pick your favorite shade and follow the pattern below!


One size, will fit 18-22 inch head circumference.

Loop Studio (100% superwash merino wool; 100g / 350 yds): 1 skein, shown in Watercolor.

16-inch US6 (4mm) circular needle

6 sts = 1 inch in Stockinette stitch

stitch marker, tapestry needle

k2tog – knit next two stitches on left needle together as one.

CO 128 sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Round 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end. Repeat round 1 for 7 inches.

Round 1: Knit. Repeat round 1 for 6 inches.

Crown Shaping
Round 1: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 2 and 4: Knit.
Round 3: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 5: *K2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 6: *K2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 7: *K2tog; repeat from * to end.

Cut yarn leaving 8 inch tail. Thread tail through tapestry needle, draw through remaining stitches and pull closed.

Weave in tail on inside of hat.

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Eco Duo Hat

Eco Duo Hat

Cascade Eco Duo yarn is one of the softest in the shop. Baby alpaca – that’s the fiber from an alpaca’s first shearing – and merino wool are combined in undyed, naturally occurring shades for a worsted weight yarn that is an absolute joy to knit.

The yarn transitions through the different shades in each skein for a striping effect. I went for the black, grey, and natural of the color zebra for my hat, but honestly, I love each colorway; shown below from left to right: zebra, storm, vanilla, koala, and chicory.

Eco Duo Yarn

This hat is a basic watch cap that’ll fit most adults. I had plenty leftover, so if you want a slouchier hat, work another inch or two of stockinette stitch before you start the decreases. Or, for extra warmth around your ears, work another two inches of ribbing, and you can fold up the brim.


One size

Cascade Eco Duo [70% undyed baby alpaca, 30% undyed merino; 197 yds / 100g]: 1 hank.

16-inch US 8 circular needle and 8-inch US 8 double pointed needles.

4.5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch.

K: knit
P: purl
k2tog: knit the next two stitches together as one

CO 88sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Round 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Rep round 1 until work measures 3 inches.

Round 1: Knit.
Rep round 1 until work measures 7.5 inches.

Crown shaping
Round 1: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 2, and all even rounds: Knit.
Round 3: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 5: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 7: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail. Thread through darning needle, pull through remaining stitches, and draw closed. Bring tail to wrong side and weave in. Weave in cast on tail.

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Eleventh Hours Gifts

With Christmas just days away, it may seem like there isn’t time for knitted gifts. But bulky yarns knit up fast and make cozy gifts to warm your friends and family all winter. Here are some of our favorites along with some hat and cowl patterns that you can knit in a night!


Bulky Yarns

clockwise from top left:
Madelinetosh ASAP – a hand dyed, single ply of 100% superwash merino wool.

Blue Sky Bulky – 50% alpaca, 50% wool single ply in a beautiful range of colors.

Mirasol Ushya – 98% merino wool, 2% polyamide in a chain construction.

Malabrigo Rasta – 100% merino wool single ply, hand dyed in South America.


Bulky Hats

clockwise from top left:
Bulky Hat by Eveli Kaur

Anthropologie Inspired Pom-Pom Hat by Jessica Parsons-Taylor

The Vermonter by Abi Gregorio

Big Chunky Comfy Hat by Erica Kempf


Bulky Cowls

clockwise from top left:
Roxanna Wrap by Carol J. Sulcoski

Drop Stitch Cowl by Abi Gregorio

A Chunky Moebius Cowl by Anne B. Weil

Rainbow Twist by Thao Nguyen


Choose your yarn, pick your project, and cast on today! Your gift will be knit, wrapped, and under the tree in no time!

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Norland Park Hat

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Ummm, have you noticed that it’s a little chilly out there? Temperatures have been in the teens and we’ve had 2 unexpected snowfalls this week! Last winter was so mild I don’t think I wore a hat at all, but this year is a different story. Thankfully, Craig created Norland Park, a super cute chapeau, to keep us warm.

Norland Park is knit with Francesca, which is a chunky blend of fine merino wool & baby alpaca. Francesca is soft the touch, with durability and extra warmth thanks to its cabled construction. Sweet!

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Shown above in taupe, Francesca has a rich palette with hues suitable for moms, dads, husbands and BFFs! Knit in the round, the simple waffle rib stitch will keep your knitting interesting and add texture to your ensemble. Win, win!

Please enjoy our free pattern for all your last minute gift knitting!


one size fits most adults

17.5 inch circumference unstretched, will fit up to 24 inch head.

Lana Vida Francesca (80% fine merino, 20% baby alpaca; 120 yds/100g): 1 hank.

16-inch circular needle and set of 5 dpns, size 10.5 (6.5mm); stitch marker, yarn needle.

14 sts = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch.

k: knit
k2tog: knit two stitches together as one
p: purl
p2tog: purl two stitches together as one
rep: repeat
st(s): stitch(es)

CO 64 sts. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Rounds 1 & 2: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Round 3: Purl.

Work rounds 1-3 twelve times.

Decrease Round 1: *K2, p2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 2: *K2, p1; rep from * to end.
Round 3: Purl.

Decrease Round 2: *K2tog, p1; rep from * to end.
Round 2: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.
Round 3: Purl.

Decrease Rounds 3 & 4: *K2tog; rep from * to end.

Cut yarn leaving an 8 inch tail. Thread on yarn darning needle, draw through rem sts, and to inside of hat. Weave in ends.