Crosshatch Hat – Eleventh Hour

Oh hey, all my grad school applications are turned in. I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am to have that part done. Now I only need to keep the panic down for a couple of months or so.

I released a small mess of new patterns around Thanksgiving, and because I was still in the midst of applications and other nonsense, I didn’t post about them here at the same time. I’m going to try to make up for that this week. First up: Crosshatch Hat!

I fell for this stitch pattern a while back, but my first yarn choice obscured it too much, so I was on the look out for a fuzzy yarn that maintains good stitch definition. Enter Hikoo Kenzie, a perfect blend of wool, angora, alpaca, and nylon. It blooms beautifully when washed, but doesn’t obscure your cables or fancy stitchwork. This usual cable pattern is worked differently than any I’ve done before, creating that slight hiccuping where the ribs cross. It takes a few rounds to get used to it, but it’s quickly internalized and worked from memory.

The pattern made by the stitch reminded me of crosshatching, the short little lines used to shade some ink drawings. There are multiple options within the pattern: a simple ribbed brim or a folded brim for extra warmth, watchcap or slouch length, and an optional pom pom. The pattern is sized from baby to large adult, so there’s a Crosshatch for everyone on your list.

I hope you enjoy it! Crosshatch is available alone or as part of the Eleventh Hour collection.

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