SUNSET CAT-74Another one of the early patterns I did for The Wild West: Stranded was the Ringtail Hat.

I first met Carol Sunday — and her gorgeous yarns — at Stitches Midwest. I knew I wanted to design with them, and I knew I wanted to do colorwork with them.  (Eventually I’ll do something in her heavier weight yarn!)  The palette is lovely, and the interplay between the different fibers in the different bases just adds to the dimension and depth of your knitting.

I’m very tempted to do a beanie version…


This fun, stranded slouch hat features adorable Ringtail Cat motifs and pretty flowers. The foldover brim ensures your ears will stay cozy warm. Purl stitches add texure.

Pattern Notes
Duplicate stitch the eyes and ears for the second Ringtail cat section.

One size, women’s

Finished Measurements
Brim circumference: 18in / 45.5cm, unstretched
Ribbing height: 3¾in / 9.5cm
Height not including ribbing: 8¾in / 22.5cm

Sunday Knits Angelic, 75% merino / 25% angora, (246 yds / 225m per 1.75 oz / 50g (or) 98 yds / 90m per .7 oz / 20g)
Bone (MC) (1 skein ea 50g & 20g)
Melon (20g)
Tomato (20g)
Sunday Knits Eden, 100% merino, (90m per 20g)
Garnet (20g)
Fawn (20g)
Sunday Knits Nirvana, 92% merino, 8% cashmere, (90m per 20g)
Espresso (20g)

US2 / 2.5mm needles or size to obtain gauge
US1 / 2mm needles for ribbing

28 sts and 44 rounds = 4in / 10cm in stranded St st using US2 / 2.5mm needles

(1) stitch marker, yarn needle

knitting in the round, stranded knitting, following colorwork charts, duplicate stitching