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Punica Hat


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Sometimes yarn tells you what it wants to be, and sometimes it just doesn't. This yarn, a handspun alpaca/merino/silk blend, was definitely destined for hatdombut what kind? After much negotiation, what you see is the result! Top-down hats allow you to make adjustments to length after the crown is worked, resulting in a more precise fit. This "onion dome" shape expands to a wider circumference than normal and then pulls in right before the last set of ribbing to be snug at the cuff. It's a trick taken from tams and berets and applied to a beanie. "Punica" is the genus name for the pomegranate, a hexagonal reddish/orange fruit well known from mythology. The best thing about this hat, though, is how fast it works upfrom cast on to finishing, this should take only a few hours. What a lovely gift for yourself or a loved one! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knitting in the round Knit & purl patterning GAUGE 12 stitches and 18 rows per 4"/10cm square in stockinette stitch. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 17" / 43cm circumference at cuff by 8.5" / 21.5cm total height. Hat will fit heads of circumference 18-23" / 44.5-58.5cm easily; adjust length if desired to fit a shorter or longer head. SUGGESTED YARN 125 yards of Bulky weight

Supplies Needed

  • Approx. 125yd / 114m super bulky weight wool-blend yarn
  • US 10 / 6mm double pointed needles and 16" circular needle or size needed to match gauge.
  • 1 Stitch marker

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Katherine Vaughan Designs
Katherine Vaughan Designs
I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the women!). I like to design baby blankets, accessories for children, adults, and the home, and garments for children and adults. You can find my patterns through my indie line here on Craftsy or in a variety of print and online magazines and books. I happily work with local yarn stores, crafters, and indie dyers: please contact me to start a conversation about how we can support each other! I’m a certified knitting teacher, accomplished technical editor for knitting patterns, and in my daily life am an academic science librarian.