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I work as a brand strategist and account manager in Chicago. The majority of my "free time" is spent knitting, designing, reading, shopping and ingesting as many americanos as humanly ...

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Tree Bark Hat

from Breean Elyse
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Tree Bark Hat
Tree Bark Hat
Tree Bark Hat
Tree Bark Hat
Tree Bark Hat
Tree Bark Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic knitting skills
  • cabling
  • working in the round

Pattern Description:

I was inspired by the mature trees that are growing throughout the city of Chicago. They are too big to wrap your arms around, yet they spring out of sidewalks down many streets in Lakeview. They seem so out of place amongst the cars and concrete, and they bring a kind of serene beauty and calmness to the neighborhoods.

This reversible hat mimics the patterns of tree bark. It makes a beautiful design worn either way, and would also be suitable for women or men. The smocking pattern creates a distinct cable look on one side and an interesting rib pattern on the other.

One, but this can be modified by changing yarn gauge. The two types of yarn I used result in two different sized hats.

Almost 40 projects for this pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tree-bark


Brown Version: 15 sts/21 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
Purple Version: 16 sts/ 20 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Brown Version: 8.5 inches unstretched at the brim; 8 inches from cast on edge to crown. Purple Version: 9 inches unstretched at the brim; 8.5 inches from cast on edge to crown.


  • Brown Version: Jo Sharp Silkroad Ultra [85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere; 60yd/55m per 1.75oz ball]; 712: Truffle; 2 balls. Purple Version: Malabrigo Chunky [100% Merino wool; 104yd per 3.5oz skein]; 68: Violetas; 1 skein.
  • 1 16 inch US #8/5mm circular needle 1 set US #8/5mm douple-point needles

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 cable needle 1 small tapestry needle 1 stitch marker

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