Year of Hats

Year of (Bulky) Hats: Ivy Hill by Courtney Kelley

Courtney really likes to shake things up in the spring with some wild hat designs and bold colors, and her contribution to this month’s Year of Bulky Hats, Ivy Hill, is no exception!

Ivy Hill is bobblicious! These bobbles are big and bold and fun to knit. The hat starts with a garter rib and jumps into a bobble diamond pattern – both written and charted – before decreasing in pattern for the crown. The bobbles are worked over 5 stitches, and keeping them loose and even is crucial for purling all 5 stitches together (like a modified nupp). This hat is so cheerful and fun, and the Germantown Bulky makes it knit up so fast it’ll be on your head in time for St. Paddy’s Day.

This heavily bobbled hat is worked in the round from the bottom up. When working the bobble, be sure to keep the tension of the stitches even and loose enough to knit into. It may take some practice to get the tension just right so that your bobbles look tidy, but the yarn can handle it. The bobbles use a lot of yarn, so be sure to check your gauge if you want to ensure that you have enough yarn for a pompom.

Specifications
YARN

Kelbourne Woolens Germantown Bulky (100% N. American wool; 123 yds/100 gm skein): jade 338, 1 skein.
GAUGE
12 sts + 18 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in Bobble Diamond pattern on larger ndls, after blocking.
NEEDLES
1 – 16” (40 cm) US 9 (5.5 mm) circular.
1 – 16” (40 cm) US 10.5 (6.5 mm) circular.
1 – set US 10.5 (6.5 mm) DPNs.
Check your gauge and adjust needle size(s) accordingly if necessary
NOTIONS
Ring marker, tapestry needle, Kelbourne Woolens label, sewing needle.
SIZE
18.75” (48 cm) circumference, unstretched, 9” (23 cm) height.
SKILLS
Knitting, purling, making a bobble, working from charts.

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

As with all of our designs, there is an embedded link in the Ivy Hill 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!

You can download the FREE Ivy Hill 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

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