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Buffalo Grove, IL USA

Inna Voltchkova was born and raised in Kiev, the oldest city in Eastern Europe. A trip to Chicago in 1991 introduced her to the love of her life. She moved to the Chicago area.

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Hat 'The Ushki Hat'

from RussianKnitting
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Hat 'The Ushki Hat'
Hat 'The Ushki Hat'
Hat 'The Ushki Hat'
Hat 'The Ushki Hat'
Hat 'The Ushki Hat'

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • knit 2 together
  • purl 2 together
  • knit 5 together
  • twisted stitch
  • yarn over
  • bobble
  • knit in rounds
  • knit cables

Pattern Description:

This Hat does not follow traditional construction methods: It begins with a headband with a wavy shape that provides a covering for the ears to keep them warm. Next, stitches are picked up from the band, and the hat is completed by knitting in rounds. I call this hat Ushki because ushki (u-sh-ki) is the Russian word for "ears", and this hat covers the ears. For decorative effect and texture, I added bobbles on the headband edge; they decorate it as" beads".
I hope you will enjoy knitting and wearing your own Ushki hat!
Note:For a larger hat, pick-up more stitches in multiples of 12 and knit more repeats to adjust depths for proportion.


24 sts and 36 rows = 4 inches (10.2cm) in hat patt, using larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 18 inches (45.7 cm) brim circumference
  • One size fits most


  • Any sportweight yarn and color of your choice -300+ yards
  • Needles:Size # 1 US (2.25mm)
  • Needles:Size #3 US (3.25mm) circular needles 16" (40 cm)
  • Needles:Size #3 US (3.25mm) set of 5 double-pointed

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Locking markers
  • Cable needle

Suggested yarn:

300 yards of Sport weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

The Buffalo Wool Co. Yarn