In Northern California our winters our mild at best, but this doesn’t stop the urge for prolonged days of knittery during those blustery months and beyond. Wool only goes so far in these warmer climates, and by mid-march it is often already to warm for fleece and other natural fibers from our furry friends. But where there is a will there is a way. As the days grow longer and I find that I am just not ready for the warm and wooly knitting season to be over I am falling head over heals for spring-time knits.
To be honest, cotton is not my favorite fiber to knit with, that was, at least, until I found Knitpicks Comfy Sport: a soft, friendly to knit 75% cotton & 25% acrylic blend. With the Easter Bunny soon to be hopping our way, I am already finding myself enjoying my Spring Green Cloche! Even with smaller needles this hat is a quick knit, with a fun, rhythmic textured pattern, and decreases that create a beautiful hexagon. Light as a feather, and cute as a button.
With the unusual horizontal ribbing, I have included a tutorial for how to integrate the finished ribbing with the beginning of the rest of the cloche with both written instructions and pictures. This cloche is worn with a slight slouch, and the soft hand of this textured stitch and cotton blend yarn it has a wonderful drape.
Sizes & Finished Measurements
- Ribbed Brim Circumference: 20 1/2 inches
- Knitpicks Comfy Sport ( 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic, 50g, 136 yds / 124 m): 2 skiens, shown in Honeydew (light green) and also shown in purple.
- Size US 3 (3.25 mm) straight needles.
- Size US 4 (3.5 mm) 16” circular needle & DPNs.
- On US 4 needles, in Texture Pattern: • 21 sts & 30 rows = 4×4 inches
- Stitch Markers, 1 regular st marker for indicating beg/end of rnd, and 4 removable st markers or safety pins.
- 2 buttons 1/2”
- Crochet Hook
- Yarn/Tapestry needle
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