Year of Hats

Year of (Bulky) Hats: Fernhill by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Y’all blew us away with your response to January’s Wister hat, and we’re excited to share February’s design with you, Fernhill!

Fernhill is the February Hat you know and love, but somehow even squishier! The February Hat from the 2019 Year of Hats continues to be an incredibly popular design, which I am so pleased with and proud of. When considering my first contribution to the Year of Bulky Hats, it was a no brainer to take the chart from the February Hat and modify it for Germantown Bulky.

Fernhill begins with a provisional cast on, then a brim is worked in a K1, P1 Ribbing. After the brim is complete, the body and crown of the hat are worked in a texture stripe pattern from charts. The 4-ply construction of Germantown Bulky lends itself to beautiful structure, and each stitch pattern in the Fernhill Hat is a riot of lovely texture.


Kelbourne Woolens Germantown Bulky (100% N. American wool; 123 yds/100 gm skein): natural 105, 1 skein.
13 sts + 20 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in Body Chart pattern on larger ndls, 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
Size G crochet hook, waste yarn, stitch marker, tapestry needle, Kelbourne Woolens label.
19.75” (50 cm) circumference, unstretched, 9.5” (24 cm) height.
Knit purl patterning from charts, provisional cast on.

We have an awesome group of retailers who are carrying kits (and many have Fernhill kits in stock now!) and we also have them on our site.

As with its inspiration, the February Hat, there are three embedded links in the Fernhill PDF to help you with any new skills:

• Working From Charts: This one is a four part series that includes knit/purl stitches, colorwork, cables, and lace!
Crochet Provisional Cast-On
October Hat Cast On

You can download the FREE Fernhill 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

6 thoughts on “Year of (Bulky) Hats: Fernhill by Kate Gagnon Osborn

  1. Maria Infanger says:

    Hello I am knitting the Fernhill Hat and have a question. It says to CO 33 and then to *K1, yo: repeat from * and you should have 65 stitches. I read this instruction to mean K1, yo for the 33 stitches but I don’t end up with 65 stitches. I end up with 49 stitches. Should I be yo for all the stitches except for knitting the first and last stitch. Thank you

    1. Hmmm… I am not sure why you only have 49 stitches. The yarn over round has you “*K1, yo;” to 1 stitch remains. You work across the row “k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo…” continuing until 1 stitch remains, for a total of 32 yarn overs, and then with a k1. 33 + 32 = 65. – Kate

  2. Linda Begga says:

    I absolutely love this hat. I knitted the ribbing but when it came to knitting the double layer together I just couldn’t work it out despite watching y YouTube videos and my knitting in the round knitted inside out. I hope to revisit the pattern again with a fresh mind at a later time. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    It’s the most beautiful hat pattern.

    1. Hi there! This hat does not have a double layer. Perhaps are you talking about the February Hat from 2019? – Kate

  3. Yvette Winkler says:

    I am knitting Kate Gagnon Osbourne’s February Hat and so far love it but I have a question about how to decrease for the crown. I need help reading the Crown Chart and how to decrease. Do you just knit or pearl 2 tog for each decrease?

    1. Hi Yvette! The best thing to do for specific help about a pattern is to email us at info @ kelbournewoolens . com. Thanks! – KAte

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