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This hat is named after "Queen of the Milliners" Caroline Reboux (1837-1927) who - in addition to her hat-related innovations - divided half her profits among the lead cashier, workroom director and other women in her employ. She is perhaps best known for inventing the felt cloche hat. See for more info on her! Knit then felted, this pattern includes multiple variations and sizes, just right for the knitter who likes to customize. It takes less than 1 skein of yarn, too! Pattern includes instructions for provisional long tail cast on and special felt finishing techniques. Reboux went to Paris! See here: GAUGE Approximately 4 sts and 6 rows = 2.5cm/1" - however, exact gauge is not critical SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The lavender hat (Cascade 220 #4148) is cast on with 100 stitches, the red (Cascade 220 #9466) is 90 stitches and the grey (Cascade 220 #8400) is 80 stitches. 99% of the time the 90-stitch hat will fit 99% of adult heads. If it's too big, you can always send it through the wash a second time. As a general guideline or if you are not sure which to choose: for 22" or larger head circumference, use the 100 stitch cast on; 21-22" use 90 stitches; 21" or less, or for a child, use 80 stitches.

Supplies Needed

  • 1 skein Cascade 220 100% wool yarn. Colors seen here are #8907, #9466, #4148 and #8400. If substituting, you will need at least 200 yds of a worsted weight yarn.
  • 16" 5mm/US #8 circular needle
  • 4 5mm/US #8 DPNs or a second 16-14" circular needle (see pattern for details)

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