As with the Year of Hats, the Year of (Bulky) Hats is a year long series featuring a FREE hat pattern every month.
The first pattern in the series is the Wister Hat designed by Courtney Kelley, and it is sure to be the squishy, slipped stitch, cabled, cosy hat of your dreams! She hopes you enjoy knitting it as much as she did.
Like a lot of people, I enjoy the process of knitting for the calming repetition it provides. It slows my mind down, and allows me a few moments of meditative peace at the end of a busy, busy day. These days, with three kids under the age of 5, I really don’t want to knit anything I have to think about too much! The moments I have for knitting are few and precious, and I don’t always want to squander them trying to wrack my brain to figure out where I left off in a chart of a section of complex shaping. I want something I can look at and immediately get into rhythm with. This hat delivers! There is a simple two-row repeat which is easy enough to keep track of, and you only ever have to count to 2. I have already knit this design more than once – I think it’s addictive.
Kelbourne Woolens Germantown Bulky (100% N. American wool; 123 yds/100 gm skein): forest green 310, 1 skein.
14 sts and 23 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in Spiral Slip Stitch on larger needles, after blocking.
1 – 16” (40 cm) US 8 (5 mm) circular.
1 – 16” (40 cm) US 10 (6 mm) circular.
1 – set US 10 (6 mm) DPNs.
Check your gauge and adjust needle size(s) accordingly if necessary.
Ring marker, stitch marker, cable needle (optional), tapestry needle, Kelbourne Woolens label, sewing needle
18.25 (46.5 cm) circumference, unstretched; 9” (23 cm) height.
Knitting, purling, simple cable cross.
The Wister Hat wouldn’t be a Kelbourne Woolens pattern without useful tips! Even though the repetitive pattern is easy to memorize, there are three embedded links in the PDF to help you with any new skills:
You can download the FREE Wister pattern on Ravelry here.
Knitting a sample? Be sure to tag us on Instagram @kelbournewoolens and use the hashtags #YearOfBulkyHats and #KelbourneWoolens.
Images: Linette Messina Kielinski