Year of Hats: October Hat

Is there a better month in the year than October? We think not! The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and clean, and firewood is stacked and ready for the first fire of the season. October is perfect hat knitting and wearing weather, so grab your needles and get ready for the October Hat in our Year of Hats series!

Designed by Sloane Rosenthal, the October Hat features Sloane’s signature modern cables, a deep folded up brim, an optional tubular cast on, and an adorable pom pom. As usual, we complete the look with a custom Kelbourne Woolens leather tag.

Those familiar with Sloane’s designs will already know she has a thing for cables, and she’s quite clever with making them flow seamlessly out of ribbing. Check out our cabling without a cable needle tutorial here, and watch your October Hat cables fly off your needles in no time. We think this essential unisex hat is the perfect fall/winter hat for anyone!

October Hat from Kelbourne Woolens by Sloane Rosenthal
October Hat from Kelbourne Woolens by Sloane Rosenthal

As for month’s past, we’ve assembled a kit for the October Hat, which includes:

• 1 skein of Germantown in Oxford Blue
• 2 butterflies of Perennial in midnight and raspberry
• 1 Kelbourne Woolens custom leather label

Head over to our online shop to purchase, or ask for one at your local LYS!

Happy Hat Knitting!


The Knit Vibe: Chaleur by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Vickie Howell’s new book, The Knit Vibe, was released today and I’m delighted to share my contribution, Chaleur!

Chaleur by Kate Gagnon Osborn from The Knit Vibe

Chaleur is a quintessentially “Kate” hat: deep ribbing, intricate cables, integrated increases and decreases, and a slouchy fit are all incorporated into the design.

Chaleur by Kate Gagnon Osborn from The Knit Vibe

Knit in Scout in orchid heather, Chaleur is a wooly, modern, and functional design and a super fun knit. The pink as shown is a great color to brighten you up on cold winter days, but it would also look amazing in one of the gorgeous neutrals or greens in the Scout palette.

Aall of the designs in The Knit Vibe are up on Ravelry, where you can queue and heart Chaleur. Ask for the book at your LYS or find it at a local bookseller via Indiebound.

Images: Traci Goudie