Monday, March 18, 2013

The Stephanie Hat

I usually try to buy my yarn at my local yarn shops but every now and then, I go to one of the chain craft stores. I came across this trendy and quirky yarn that is actually four different types of yarn. It is a bulky yarn so I used large needles and I love how it turned out. I ended up purchasing a second skein in a different color to make another.  I only needed one skein to make this hat, and in fact, I could probably make a second hat with what is left over. I haven't tried yet.

I did manipulate the yarn a bit. For the purple hat, I started the cast on with the non-fuzzy yarn. It made a nicer ribbing along the bottom than the fuzz. Also there is a strip of metallic yarn. I doubled up the yarn at this point giving this row a little more body. The sparkle and dazzle still appears through the fuzz.

The lace pattern I used in the pattern doesn't show up very strong, but it makes a lighter hat. If you want a denser hat, you could do a solid stockinette stitch for the body of the hat instead of the lace. Here in the Denver area, we have more warm winter days than cold ones. Temperatures stay mild between the 40's and 50's so a lighter hat is ideal. We save the warm hats for the mountains.

1 skein Red Yarn Boutique Magical Yarn 1 skein; 93% Acrylic, 6% Wool, 1% Metallic Polyester, 3.5 oz. (100 g), 190 yds (174 m) . Colors: Fortune Teller (purple) and Wizard (green)
Size 11 (8mm) 16” circular needle
Size 11 (8mm) double pointed needles
Stitch marker
Yarn needle
Gauge: 2” = 6 stitches
With circular needles, cast on 54 stitches. Place marker; join being careful not to twist the stitches.
Work a 3x3 rib (K3, P3) for 1½”.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K1, K2tog, yo. Repeat from * around.
Repeat these two rows for about 8 inches.

Switch to double pointed needles when necessary.
Row 1: *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * around.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: K2tog around. Continue K2tog until you have 9 stitches left.
Cut yarn, leaving an 8” tail. Cut yarn, thread through the remaining stitches and secure tightly.  Weave in ends.

Okay. Back to the needles.


  1. I don't like knitted hats. However, I do like this very much. yes, the yarn is definitely different. Well done you for recognising what you could do with it. It looks really good.

  2. It occurs to me that this might work with the annoying self ruffling yarn if you use it like regular yarn rather than knit it to ruffle...hmm...I've got some, I might just try this...thanks Laurie!

  3. That's a good idea Betsy. I find the self-ruffling yarn annoying too. I think I made two scarves with this yarn, and put them into our church auction because I knew I wouldn't wear them.

  4. Hello Betsy! :) Found you through the Knitlist on Yahoo! :)Lovely hats! I appreciate the yarn you used here! The purple/gray/green is my favorite of them both! They look so warm! :) Great job! Thank you for sharing the pattern! ♥ Dawn

  5. Oops - Sorry I meant Laurie! :D Hello Laurie! :D And anyone else on the post ;)