Pardon my exuberance. The past couple of weeks have reminded me rather unpleasantly of trying to cram for finals and eke out multiple term papers all at once. Today is like the beginning of summer vacation, never mind what solstice it is. This is a good day. A happy day. A shiny day. A day when I feel like all the work was worth it. (Remind me never to try this again.)
Now about the pattern. You may recall that when I ordered the yarn for Sweet Sue, the dyer, Melissa, included a skein of cashmere in a coordinating color. The Sweet Sue scarf ended up being a Christmas present for my mom, so I asked her if she wanted another small accessory to go with it, and she requested a stylish hat that would cover her ears.
Slouch hats seem to be the thing nowadays, but I couldn't find any examples with earflaps, so I decided to give them a try. Rather than picking them up separately, these are worked in one piece with the hat by means of short rows. And since I also seem to be stuck on tiny happy cables lately, I covered the earflaps with them for good measure.
The rest of the hat is very simple--plain stockinette with some increases and decreases--and just the cool-down my brain needed after a year of frantically trying to come up with something new. And the result, I think, is stylish and practical and shows off the yarn (which is like PETTING A KITTEN with every stitch, not kidding) beautifully. I hope you like it, Mom!
Oh, and merry Christmas, everybody! Thanks for sticking around.
Ekaterin is a slouch hat worked in one piece in the round from the bottom up. Cabled earflaps are created using short rows, combining style and practicality. The cables are small enough to be worked without a cable needle.
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Yarn: You will need approximately 200 yards of a dk-weight animal fiber for best results. (Pictured: Argosy Luxury Yarns Zen 4 Ply in Deborah – DK, 1 skein / 55g / 200 yards, 100% cashmere)
- US size 5 16-inch circular needle
- 4 US size 5 double-pointed needles
- US size 5 cable needle or other cabling method of your choice
- end of round marker (optional)
- tapestry needle
Sizing: Finished hat will measure approximately 19” in circumference when laid flat. It should stretch to fit most adult women.