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It’s been snowing … a lot, making this the perfect opportunity to share my go-to winter hat with you.
I bought this blue Cascade 128 Superwash last week with plans to knit another sample. The timing was perfect since another blizzard was barreling towards the Tahoe basin stranding us from the rest of the world.
High mountain snow storms are delightful as long as you don’t have to get kids to school. I love them. So with nowhere to go, I settled in with a pot of hot tea, a crackling fire and this quick knit project. I was done before we even had 2-feet of new snow on the deck.
One of the benefits of this chunky yarn is that it really shows the texture added by the Showy Decrease. I put some thought into the design adding details that that are both practical and pretty. Take a look.
Let’s talk yardage.
I first knit this hat with a chunky Alpaca. That skein had only 110 yards and with the wide cuff, the hat required just over one skein. Ugh. I put the hat aside and went back to the drawing board.
The big cuff really had to stay, so the solution was finding a different yarn. This Cascade 128 Superwash has (wait for it) 128 yards. That’s 18 extra yards. That means the small can be knit with just one skein. However, the medium which is taller still requires those few extra yards. I measured … it was 6 more yards.
No problem, I just knit up a quick matching cowl to use up the 2nd skein. It really came in handy when the wind off the lake kept blowing the soft powdery snow I was shoveling in my face and down the front of my jacket.
Sorry for the terrible selfies. I just don’t do them – ever.
Did I mention I was snowed in? My husband was snowed out down in San Fransisco. So there I was, all alone with a pattern to publish.
What’s a designer to do?
This free pattern is now available in Ravelry. Happy Valentine’s Day. xoxo
Since my primary goal for this blog is sharing new techniques, I really hope this project motivates you to try some new ideas so you can build them into future projects or designs you create yourself.
Let me know what you think and I hope this winter brings you lots of cold fluffy white stuff too.