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Lake Effect Snow Hat Perfect for Blustery Winter Days

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.

  • The Resilient Cast On edge is a real feature that sits on top of the folded cuff. It is both pretty and has more stretch. You can read about the Resilient Cast On in this blog post and see how it’s done on our You Tube Channel.
  •  Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while know whats coming next . . . the Showy Decrease. It is the mainstay of most of my designs. I’ve actually tried to design without it, but it makes everything so much better that I just can’t. This recent post about Knitting Bricks has a nice summary of the benefits. Here it is used to create a faux cable that’s perfect for a decorative rib.
  •  Fit is important, so there is a plain 3×3 rib hidden under the fold to help hold the hat in place. 
  • My favorite part may be the star shaped crown. The ever-present Showy Decrease is used in a different way here to raise and smooth k2tog and ssk decreases into a decorative element that completely hides the shaping. 
  • Think we’re done? Nope. One more Nuance, the Double Decker Hat Top is the icing on the cake, or hat as the case may be. It keeps that raised line going all the way to the top. 
My wonderful sister-in-law, Karen is modeling the small white hat knit with 1 skein. Nice of her since I threw her under the non-knitter bus in this post.

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?

Free Pattern on Ravelry

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.

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7 comments on “Lake Effect Snow Hat Perfect for Blustery Winter Days

  1. S Hamilton
    February 13, 2019

    Beautiful hat, can’t wait to start on it. Thank you for offering the free pattern.

  2. Christina
    February 13, 2019

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely pattern looking forward to starting it and trying out this cast on method

  3. Mary Ellen Sherry
    February 13, 2019

    ‘Way to be resourceful when showed in. I just love the hat and matching cowl and would love to start a set after tax season. Maybe two sets even so that I can surprise each daughter for Christmas. While I am not a “non-knitter,” I am a “very rusty knitter” and will need all the time I can get!

  4. Louise Dunne
    February 13, 2019

    Beautiful hat – you are so very creative and clever –

  5. jatshaw
    February 14, 2019

    Fun pattern! Stay warm!

  6. Marge
    February 24, 2019

    For this hat, is round 3 of the showy cable rib pattern correct? It goes from a 6-stitch repeat to a 7-stitch repeat and back again. It seems to throw off the pattern.
    As beautiful as it is, I do ‘t want to mess it up. Thanks.

    • Laura Cunitz
      February 25, 2019

      Thanks for the heads up on the error! It should stay as a 6-st repeat. *k2, sl1, k1, p2*. The chart is correct.

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