The idea for this hat came from several things. First, I needed a quick knitted gift for a friend who loves to hike, ski and in general, be outdoors in all kinds of weather. Second, I love cables and ribs. And third, the yarn inspired me--what could be softer, warmer, and more hat-perfect than Tryst, a multi-color medium-weight cashmere!
To chase chilly winds away, I wanted the hat to be as warm and cozy as possible. So I worked it in a double strand of yarn and added a turned-up cuff for more dimension and protection over the ears. The hat’s cuff is worked so that when you turn it up, the ribs and cables line up with those in the body.
Tryst 100% cashmere
CEY Tryst is a marled cashmere yarn. Marled yarns are formed by twisting together plies of different colors. The result is a single strand of yarn with multiple colors winding around one another. Marled yarns can be made from any number of pliestwo, three, four, etc. Tryst is composed of six plies, each of a different color.
The color effect in a marled yarn is determined by the kinds of colors used together. Yarns that combine colors that are close together on the color spectrum, say grayed-out blues and purples, will have a subtle, blended look. While others that use colors with strong value (light/dark) and color contrast have a vibrant, jazzy appearance.
A turning row marks the point where a piece of knitting is foldedas for a hem or cuff. A turning row is made by working the stitches on your needle in a way that’s opposite to how they appear. In other words, the stitches that face you as purl stitches are knitted and the stitches that face you as knit stitches are purled. This makes a row that naturally wants to fold (or turn) over; it also allows for a turned edge that lies flat. Heather makes use of a turning row in the Tryst Hat to help the cuff of the hat turn up evenly and smoothly. A purled row at the turning point on a stockinette stitch hem gives a nicely finished edge.
Here is the free downloadable Tryst Hat pattern.
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