The Woodgrain Hat is now available for purchase! There are three sizes and two options for hat length, a close fitting toque, and a longer slouch.
This is a quick, satisfying knit, with a bit of a choose your own adventure aspect; you can place the knothole cables wherever you want, and in whatever profusion you want. The hat is knit primarily in twisted rib, which creates a wonderfully stretchy fabric, and allows each of the three sizes to fit a wide range of head sizes. Although I wrote this up in adult sizes, the sizes S and M may well work on many children.
The yarn is Cephalopod Yarns Bugga!, a lovely, soft sportweight beauty of an MCN yarn with a soft hand and gorgeous stitch definition. As previously mentioned, Cephalopod has sadly gone out of business, so I want to suggest some alternative possibilities. All of these are either yarns I have personally used, or yarns from companies I especially like and trust. The most obvious alternative is of course Verdant Gryphon Bugga!, which is identical in weight and fiber content, and comes in a range of beautiful colors. Other yarns with a similar weight and fiber makeup include Becoming Art Agave Sport, about which I have previously gushed, and A Verb for Keeping Warm Annapurna, which comes in Verb’s beautiful natural dye range. If you’re looking for a similar weight with enough structure, but you don’t want to spend the extra money for a cashmere blend, Orange Flower SW Merino | Sport is a lovely bouncy merino in a beautiful hand dyed range. And finally, for a very economical option that retains the bounce and structure necessary to highlight the twisted stitches, Quince and Company Chickadee is a round, springy, soft wool yarn that makes knitting a joy. And of course, you can still find Cephalopod Bugga! for sale in Ravelry Stashes.
The Woodgrain Hat is a great autumn knit: light, fast, and warm without being too warm. I’m really excited about this one, and I hope you love it, too!
I’m adding the Woodgrain Hat to the Carved from Wool bundle. If you have previously purchased Fine Hewn, the price will be automatically deducted from the collection price. I’m offering the two patterns now for $10, and the price will increase as more patterns are added. If you buy now, however, you will get the additional patterns without any extra charge, the caveat being that I don’t have a firm time frame for additional releases. I’ve previewed some of the pieces to come in this previous blog post. Each pattern will be inspired by carved wood, and will be knit in brown yarns. Happy knitting!