The HamilKnit pattern is live! I have recorded a podcast just for this hat to help people with tips and tricks to make this hat pattern really enjoyable.
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- HamilKnit can be found for free on Ravelry. If you would like to contribute to the podcast in honor of the pattern, you can do so by clicking here.
- HamilKnit is a fingering weight, stranded colorwork hat. While you can use any technique you like to knit colorwork, I recommend using the Philosopher’s Wool technique for the crown decreases to minimize the floats behind the work.
- I used Cascade Heritage Sock solids from The Loopy Ewe in “Real Black” and “Limestone.” You will need approximately 35g (155 yards) of the main color, and 30g (135 yards) of a contrasting color.
Tips and Tricks:
- Make a swatch: the gauge for this pattern is 27 st x 34 rows = 4″/10cm. The circumference is 21.5″/55cm and the depth is 7.75″/19.75cm.
- If you would like a hat that is larger in circumference, swatch with a larger needle size and calculate what your gauge will create.
- If you would like to add depth to your hat, add rows in between the rows of colorwork.
- Prairie Girl Danie – knit the hat inside out to make the floats carry more easily. Danie also suggests using the Turkish provisional cast on. If you do not want to do a provisional cast on, you can use a long tail cast on and then stitch your hem to the inside of your hat.
- Ginasetta – knit an extra 2 rows in between each of the lines of text to make the hat longer for her husband’s head
- Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls suggested using stitch markers in between the pages of the main chart to help give references
- Color dominance -When knitting stranded colorwork with two hands, the yarn in your left hand is the dominant yarn. When knitting Continental, the yarn that comes up from the bottom is the dominant yarn. Here is a great blog post about knitting using color dominance.
- Listen to Hamilton while you are knitting! It makes the project so much more enjoyable!
Thank you to the following people:
- Test knitters: Prairie Girl Danie, Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls, Candy from Paws 4 Stitches, and Kim (artsluvr)
- Bronwyn from Knitting Pipeline (Bronwyn the Brave) for being an AMAZING tech editor
- Many, many people who have donated to the podcast in honor of the pattern
- Kind words and comments on Instagram encouraging me to write the pattern