Today I'm really excited to finally tell you about a project that I've been working on behind the scenes for quite a while...
It's my first-ever dowloadable PDF pattern: The Precip Hat!
My goal was to make a cozy hat that was cheerful enough to fight the late winter blues (so a pom pom was obviously essential) and that could carry over into an early spring wardrobe as well.
When I was first drawing up the pattern, I intended the speckled stitches to look like fluttering snowflakes. Then I knitted the hat with Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes Yarn in the lovely Dungaree color and I suddenly saw raindrops.
So that's where the name comes from; Precip as in precipitation. In the two versions of the hat pictured above, I see snowflakes for winter and raindrops for spring!
To make this hat, you'll need the following materials:
- 1 skein Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes Yarn (100 yards). I used the Putty color in the hat pictured above.
- Less than 1 skein (about 5 yards) Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes Yarn in a complimentary color. I used the Dungaree color in the hat pictured above.
- 16 inch circular needle, US size 5
- 16 inch circular needle US size 7
- Set of five US size 7 double pointed needles
- 1 stitch marker
- Pom pom maker
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Using US size 7 needles, 4 stitches equal 1 inch.
Finished Hat Measurements:
20 inches in circumference
8 inches deep
There is a little bit of stranded/Fair Isle knitting involved in this pattern. Hopefully it's just enough to keep it interesting but not enough to be overwhelming.
For that reason, this pattern is intended for knitters with advanced beginner skills or higher. A basic understanding of stranded knitting is needed, but other than that you only need to know how to knit, purl, and knit two stitches together.
If you need a refresher on stranded knitting, I highly recommend reading chapter 3 of Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics by Debbie Stoller.
The Precip Hat knitting pattern costs $6.00 and it comes as a PDF download that you can purchase on Ravelry right here. Or, if you're a member of Kollabora, you can also click here to buy it.