Year of Hats: June Hat

Are we halfway through the Year of Hats already?! I guess we are because it’s the third Tuesday of June, and that means the June Hat is ready for you!

If this is your first time coming across our Year of Hats series, we are releasing a new, free hat pattern made in our Germantown yarn every month. Each month we feature a hat with a new technique and this month is no exception!

I love graphic colorwork knitwear and I wanted to make something along those lines but also really simple because summer is all about taking it easy.

My hat plays with contrast colors in both horizontal and vertical stripes using a classic black and white pairing. The crown decreases are integrated into the vertical stripe repeat and are virtually invisible.

Best of all, by using two different skeins of Germantown, you will have enough to make two hats in opposite colorways! One for you and one for your best friend.

June Hat by Meghan Kelley. Image © Linette Kielinski

My favorite part of any hat is the pompom. For this hat, with its stark black and white pattern, I thought it would be fun to use little bits of all the previous months colors to make multicolored pompoms for a literal pop of color at the top.

June Hat by Meghan Kelley. Image © Linette Kielinski

We have limited kits available for the June Hat and include:
• 2 skeins of Germantown; one in natural and one in black
• 4 Perennial butterflies in natural, sage, gold, and lead
• 2 custom leather labels

All Images by Linette Kielinski.

Seathwaite Round Up:

The Seathwaite Hat, published last October through our friend Karen at Fringe Association has been a huge hit! I have absolutely loved seeing all of the fabulous versions pop up on Instagram and Ravelry, and especially enjoy hearing when people say it was their first time working cables, charts, or a provisionally cast-on folded brim. I thought it would be fun to put together a few images of knitter's hats that show the lovely diversity of color and yarn.

As expected, there are a lot of wonderful hats knit using the recommended yarn, The Fibre Co. Cumbria.

L / 
Knit by Emily in Cumbria in scaffel pike.
R / Knit by Julia in Cumbria in derwentwater.

L / Knit by Keli in Cumbria in hadrian's wall (brim lined with Woolfolk Tynd).
R / Knit by Katy in Cumbria in catbells.

I also really loved seeing knitters substitute yarns for their hats. It is amazing what a difference is made with the final result!

L / Knit by Karin in Fancy Tiger Craft's Heirloom in Well Water.
R / Knit by Andrea in Bumblebirch Forage in Cranberry.

L / Knit by Gillian in Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair.
R / Knit by Inês in Retrosaria Beiroa in Natural.

You can see a bunch of other wonderful Seathwaite hats via the Fringe Knitalong hashtag here: #fringehatalong, or via the projects on Ravelry here