Designer Feature

Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2016 / Modern Chullo by Kate Gagnon Osborn

The preview for the Early Fall 2016 Vogue Magazine came out, and I designed a hat for the “Chullo Challenge” story. The idea was to do a riff on the Andean Chullo hat.

When researching the traditional accessory, I was most drawn both to the use of multiple colors and geometric motifs. My intention was to pay homage to the unique colorwork patterning, while creating a hat useful for everyday wear. 

It seemed fitting to use The Fibre Co. Knightsbridge for the design, a llama, merino, and silk blend that comes in a variety of gorgeous heathers, as traditional chullos are typically made from camelid fibers.

The hat begins with a garter stitch brim, and stripes flank either side of two geometric colorwork bands. The top of the hat has triangle motifs, and the simple decreases occur on a striped ground. The end result is a deliriously soft hat that is traditional in inspiration, yet modern in look.

Yarn: The Fibre Co. Knightsbridge: Flintshire, Barley, Poole, and Stonehenge, 1 skein each.
Gauge: 25 sts and 28 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in colorwork patt, after blocking.
Needles: 1 – 16″ (40 cm) US 4 (3.5 mm) circular. 1 set US 4 (3.5 mm) dpns.
Size: 19″ brim circumference, unstretched, 10″ height.

(The astute among you may notice these photos are lacking the pom as pictured in the magazine. As I designed/intended the hat to be a little sleeker/simpler, I wanted to show it here without that addition!)


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