I'm pleased to introduce a new pattern today: Nicke's Hat.
This year we're doing a swap round in the Wonky Bee. We've been together as a group for quite a few years now and I'm happy to call all of our members a friend. When it was my turn to send to Nicke, I was excited because I know how much she loves handknits. I knew that I wanted to send her something cosy with texture-y goodness, so armed with a few of my new Japanese stitch dictionaries, I came up with this hat.
The original hat that I sent to Nicke was made using some of my naturally-dyed DK superwash merino. It made a lovely squishy hat that showed the texture beautifully. My second hat in the larger size was knit in one of my favorites, madelinetosh dk.
The hat is quite fast to work and all that texture will keep your attention. The design is shaped mostly by lace with just one cable row in the repeat, so it looks more complex than it is. The pattern comes in 2 sizes and has both charts and written instructions.
I'd like to give a big thanks to all of my pattern testers. Take a look at their projects in Ravelry--there are already so many beautiful versions.