I can’t tell you how many times I reworked the body of the hat til deciding that simple stockinette was best to highlight the beauty of the yak/cormo yarn and to let the brim details of Oak Creek really pop! Â Sometimes simple is best…even if not always easiest at first.
I’ve played with the cluster stitch in other patterns (Sweet CicelyÂ (not currently available), Exakta Hat & Exakta Cowl) and still think it’s a really fun lacy background stitch.
This is a great 1 skein pattern for gifting as well.
This hat continues the theme of snaking, stream-like cables and rock-like stitch patterns.
It also allows the lovely texture of the yarn itself to shine with the simple stockinette main body of the hat.
If you prefer, you can do a regular cast on and simply sew the beginning and end of the band together.
The brim is worked flat, then the ends are grafted or sewn together. Stitches for the main body of the hat are picked up around the brim.
Brim circumference: 20in / 51cm
Height including brim: 9Â½in / 24cm
Bijou Basin Ranch Bijou Bliss, 50% Yak / 50% Cormo, (150 yds per 56g), 1 skein, shown in Natural Brown.
US5 / 3.75mm needles or size to obtain gauge
(2) US3 / 3.25mm dpns for I cord
24 sts and 32 rnds = 4in/ 10cm in St st using US5 / 3.75mm needles.
Brim repeat: 2Â¼ (5.5cm) wide by 21/2in (6.5cm) long
(7) stitch markers, one unique for beginning of round; yarn needle
knitting in the round, provisional cast on & grafting (or) normal cast on / bind off & seaming, reading charts, simple lace, cabling, I-cord