New Pattern: Lombard Street Hats (& VKLIVE NY info!)
Friends, I am so excited to introduce you to my first new pattern of 2019: the Lombard Street Hats, designed in mYak’s wonderful Baby Yak Medium! Three columns of two-step cables anchor these cozy cabled hats as they wind their way through an unusual background: delightfully squishy garter stitch. Written for three height/brim options, you can work your Lombard Street as a deep, luxurious double-brimmed slouch, a single-brimmed, just-barely slouchy version, or a more fitted, unisex beanie. mYak’s glorious Baby Yak Medium knits up quickly, while showing just enough detail in every stitch, and provides glorious warmth and resilience for its weight. Choose a neutral or desaturated shade for a sophisticated, urban look (like in these samples, knit in natural Canyon and deep Black), or choose a brighter, more saturated shade for a more youthful, festive version. A 2x2 ribbed brim with an optional tubular cast on makes for a polished finished look. Quick to work and satisfying engaging to knit, Lombard Street makes an excellent gift hat for a lucky loved one, or, with that perfect skein of yarn you’ve been saving, for yourself!
In FAQ form, here’s all you need to know about these hats:
Where can I buy the pattern?
The pattern is available from my Ravelry store.
Who is this for?
It’s a great project for you if: you love texture, you are comfortable with cables and knitting in the round (or are willing to learn), and you like medium-weight (not arctic, not “yeah, I say it’s winter but it never gets below 60”) hats.
It’s not a great project for you if: you’re purl-a-phobic (working garter stitch in the round requires some purling), you’re not comfortable keeping track of where you are in a repeat, or you or your gift recipient needs a totally different weight hat.
Can I see it first?
Yes! I’m making “preview versions” of my patterns available, so you can “try before you buy,” so to speak. The “special sauce” (stitch counts, charts, etc.) is hidden, but you’ll still be able to get a sense of how the pattern is drafted and whether that’s going to work for you. Just scroll down to see the preview.
I meant the samples. Can I see those in person?
YES! Are you in New York this weekend for the craziness that is Vogue Knitting Live NYC? I am too, and me and these hats (and the print versions of the pattern) will be at the mYak booth (#914). The patterns and samples will be there all weekend, and I will be there from 2-3pm on Saturday. I’d love to chat with you about your knitting, introduce you to the wonderful magic of yak, and help you get off to the races on a hat for the plane ride home.
What else do I need to know?
I’m so glad you asked. Here’s all the details for this one:
One size (Adult S/M/L) with beanie and slouch options; circumference 19.5” / 50 cm; height 11.5” / 29 cm (double-brim slouch with brim unfolded), 9.25” / 23 cm (single-brim slouch), or 8” / 20 cm (beanie). Note: because these cables derive from 2x2 ribbing, the hat is incredibly stretchy, especially in its doubled-brim format, making this a “one size fits most” scenario.
mYak Baby Yak Medium (worsted weight, 100% baby yak, 125 yards / 117 meters per 50 grams), 2 skeins. For slouch: 250 yards / 229 meters of light worsted weight wool yarn; for beanie or single-brim slouch: 180 yards / 165 meters of heavy worsted weight wool yarn. Samples shown in Canyon (slouch) and Black (beanie).
22 sts and 32 rnds per 4” / 10 cm in cable pattern on largest needle, after blocking.
One long (32” / 80 cm or longer) circular needle (for magic loop), or 5 double-pointed needles, per knitter preference, in sizes US 6 / 4.5 mm or size needed to obtain gauge and US 4 / 3.75 mm or two needle sizes smaller than gauge needle for the ribbing. Note: if you are doing the optional tubular cast on, you may wish to use a needle one or two sizes smaller than your ribbing needle for the foundation rows.
Stitch markers (optional); tapestry needle; cable needle (optional); waste yarn for tubular cast on (optional).
Decreasing; knitting in the round; small-circumference circular knitting using double-pointed needles or magic loop; cabling with or without a cable needle; tubular cast on (optional; instructions provided).