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I have always loved to knit and crochet and to make my own presents for friends and family, but I have mostly been a seasonal knitterÂ…Christmas presents and winter birthdays.
I can knit really fast ...

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Estonia Gunny Hat and Cowl

from Gaby's Knitz
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Estonia Gunny Hat and Cowl
Estonia Gunny Hat and Cowl
Estonia Gunny Hat and Cowl
Estonia Gunny Hat and Cowl
Estonia Gunny Hat and Cowl
Estonia Gunny Hat and Cowl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Estonian Cast On - online instructions provided
  • Knit, purl, Yarn Over, Knit 2 together

Pattern Description:

I stumbled across a new cast-on method I had never seen before...the Estonian cast on. It is used for sock knitting, but when knitted in thick yarn, it just makes such a pretty edge.
The pretty edge and bow make a nice embellishment for a very simple, rectangular hat.
You can wear it with the corners out like a cat hat, I like the corners tucked in. It is almost a triangular shape viewed from the back.
If you like to wear unusual clothing and accessories, this hat is for you,

The cowl also has the Estonian cast on and a simple yarn over pattern.
Both hat and cowl only use 2 skeins, and if you get the yarn with the Weekly Ad coupon from Michael's, you can make both for under $7.


11 sts and 16 rows = 4" with Charisma
9 sts and 12 rows = 4' with Hometown

If using a thicker yarn than Charisma (i.e. Hometown from Lion Brand), keep the 50 cast on stitches, do not increase.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • hat size small to large
  • cowl 48" round x 7 1/2" wide


  • 2 skeins for both hat and cowl of Loops and Threads Charisma (109 yds each)
  • size 13 circular needle 16" long for hat, 36" long for cowl
  • 1 skein Lion Brand Hometown for hat

You Will Also Need:

  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers