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Estonia Gunny Hat and Cowl


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Estonian Cast On - online instructions provided Knit, purl, Yarn Over, Knit 2 together GAUGE 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

Supplies Needed

  • 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

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Gaby's Knitz
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 knitter…Christmas presents and winter birthdays. I can knit really fast too. I learned knitting and crocheting in second grade and have loved it ever since. I love color and love to design, having worked in architecture for a long time. My granddaughter also helps me with advice on what is in style especially for teens, so I try to translate that into my designs. I enjoy working with bulky yarns, they add so much texture to an accessory. The patterns I write also use mostly bulky yarns, so the project works up fast. I design easy accessories that anyone can afford to make, hopefully in one evening. My patterns focus on beginner knitters and using affordable yarns. I think it is a shame that knitting (and sewing) have become a rich person's hobby, so that most aren't even interested in learning the craft, because they can't afford to buy the materials. If you prefer a credit card to PayPal, you can purchase the patterns here: