New: Climbing Pines Hat

It’s a long holiday weekend here in the states, and what better time to release a new hat pattern? Climbing Pines is designed to celebrate those single skeins of rustic, dense, farm wool that I have tendency to pick up at farmer’s markets, roadside stands, and fiber festivals. While I love these heavy, thick-spun worsted weights, I find them hard to match to the perfect project. Although often marked as worsted, aran, or even DK, these knit up best at a chunky, 4 stitches to the inch gauge, so I’ve designed a delightfully quick hat to play with them.

Climbing Pines is originally designed in Kintra Wool 2-Ply, from Nova Scotia. This blend of Cheviot and Suffolk wools has a nice crunchy hand and slightly fuzzy finished fabric, but the round ply helps show off cable stitches. Dyed with Greener Shades acid dyes and botanical dyes, I did experience some crocking and excess dye in the water, likely due to the depth and richness of the Malachite colorway I used.

I do recommend a few other yarns in the pattern and on the Ravelry pattern page, if you’re aiming to use something from stash or domestically sourced. To summarize: substitute with a toothy, slightly dense yarn, and you’ll be delighted.