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I love knitting. Through my love(some would say obsession), I have discovered the world of knitting design. I have always been drawn to different aspects of design, whether it be graphic design, home ...

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Backup Goalie

from Ninja8tofu Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Backup Goalie
Backup Goalie
Backup Goalie
Backup Goalie

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • stranded knitting, catching floats

Pattern Description:

This hat had directions for two weights fingering and worsted. The fingering hat is sized for a Medium and a Large. The worsted only comes in Large. If you are comfortable playing around with gauge and the number of repeats, it is possible to come up with a wide variety of sizes.

Let me just start by saying that, I love hockey. In fact, "love" may be understating it a bit. So, when I decided to design this hat, I wanted it to be an ode to the backup goalie by choosing hockey team colors (in this case the Kings/gray, Sabres/blue). When I was a kid, I would see the backup sitting there, often in a baseball cap or with no hat at all and I thought their heads looked cold. For some reason, that's always stuck with me.

This unisex hat starts with 1x1 twisted rib and then works into the colorwork pattern on the body. The crown is a "star" design that is formed rather naturally. The hat also has direction for two weights as mentioned. The fingering version has a looser gauge than the worsted and does fit a little more "slouchy". The yarns chosen are very "bouncy" and work to give a bit more slouch to the hat.

Adult M Fingering (Adult L Fingering, Adult L Worsted)

Finished Measurements
Circumference 20 22.4, 19.5 inches, Worsted hat stretches to fit up to 22 inch head. Fingering hat is a bit slouchier in the L size.
Length 9.5 9.5, 9.5 inches

Fingering Weight Hat
25sts and 28 rows on larger needle in stranded stockinette, washed and blocked
Worsted Weight Hat
20 sts and 25 rows on larger needle in stranded stockinette, washed and blocked

Fingering Weight Hat
Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock [100% Superwash
Merino; 370 yards in 100grams(3.53 oz)] 1/2 skein each color
C1: Dark Charcoal
C2: Smoke Gray

Worsted Weight Hat
The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted [75%
Merino 20% Cashmere 5% Nylon; 200 yards in
100grams (3.53 oz)] 1 skein each color
Blue/Gold Hat
C1: Chantilly
C2: Princess Phone
Black/Gray Hat
C1: Morticia
C2: Barely Birch

Stitch marker
Darning needle

Fingering Weight Hat
1 US 2/2.75mm circular needle 16 inch
1 US 3/3.25 mm circular needle 16 inch
1 set of double pointed needles US 3/3.25
or needle size to obtain gauge

Worsted Weight Hat
1 US 4/3.5mm circular needle 16 inch
1 US 5/3.75mm circular needle 16 inch
1 set double pointed needles US 5/3.75cm
Or needle size to obtain gauge