September is here and autumn weather is around the corner – perfect time to knit a new hat! Yeah!
So I’ve just released Wobble Bass (on ravelry), a sideways any-gauge cabled garter stitch hat with tons of size/style flexibility – an excellent pattern to use to make a hat for yourself, plus gifts for any hat lovers in your life, custom made to each individual! Two skeins of coordinating yarn will make two matching hats, as you see above and below…
The samples are all in beautiful Knitted Wit yarn – I was quite the lucky designer to get to pick whichever yarns and colors I wanted to play with in all my various samples of this one design. I picked: Superwash Worsted in Cedar and Brown Sugar, Superwash Aran in Prussian Blue and Yellow Brick Road (which is more of a yellowish orange shade), and Cypress Hollow Yarn in Beaujolais and French Kiss – I loved knitting with them all!
The Knitted Wit shop now has yarn pairings for Wobble Bass kits, custom dyed in any two colors you want – and she blogged tons of excellent pairings! I love the shades I chose for the samples here, but I think my personal favorite is actually Peacock and Picante!
My one addition beyond the Knitted Wit yarns was a wedge in my crazy handspun art yarn, and I absolutely love how that turned out! So that’s another great way to go with this design – pick out a nice solid for the main color, then find some leftover handspun, variegated, or anything extra special in your stash for the contrasting wedge.
As for the hat design itself… like I said, lots of flexibility! This one below was made super long – I meant for it to be for an extra slouchy style, but I like it better worn inside out with the brim folded up and a little slouch:
Here it is the two other ways it can be worn: mega slouched and the brim folded up higher for a fitted top (see more photos on the rav project page):
My green sample is a more standard slouchy style – about 1 inch of height was added and it was knit with a loose gauge for a more drapey fabric (drapey in terms of garter stitch, that is). Details about exact numbers used can be found in the ravelry project pages of each hat, by the way – green, brown, blue, orange.
The orange+handspun one was made in the pointed style – this is a simple modification by rounding a number up so that you need fewer wedges. This hat being made with 6 wedges instead of the standard 8 makes for a wider contrasting wedge:
The pattern uses a couple of simple variables based on your gauge – you start by making a gauge swatch, then your cast-on number is the height you want. The short rows wedge pattern is pretty simple, just moving a marker with wraps+turns (into the garter stitch means you don’t have to knit wraps together with wrapped stitches, making it one step easier!), and then the cables are both written and charted.
The cables unravel and blend into the garter stitch back on both sides – it’s meant to be worn so that the contrasting wedge is off center in front, and the cable is positioned asymmetrically, ending in back on one side, and on the side of the head on the other side. So there are around 4-6 inches or so of plain garter stitch after the cable ends.
One of my favorite things about this design is the pacing of it – you start out with the first two wedges, getting the rhythm of the short rows pattern, working the beginning cables, then getting started on the main cables, then the third wedge is the colorwork wedge, which is the most complex wedge. Once that one is over and you switch back to one color, you’ve only got a couple more wedges of cables, which go more quickly now that you’ve gotten the hang of everything, then you end the cables and speed through the last couple wedges of plain stockinette, which go by super duper quickly and you’re done! Fun quick knit!
There are lots of photos and how-to help for the colorwork wedge, photo tutorials for cabling without a cable needle, a photo how-to for the provisional cast-on, and detailed instructions for grafting the garter stitch edges together for a seamless back. The pdf is 18 pages total, with the written pattern itself on 4 pages, the cable charts on 2 more pages.
So the pattern includes all the info you need for sizing customization, but there are also lots of obvious modifications you could make if you want – like making the contrasting wedge wider by working two wedges in contrasting yarn instead of one wedge, or skipping the colorwork altogether to make it an easier knit, or making the entire thing in two colors!
Test knitter Sonata tried out a shaping modification for a slouchy style, stopping the transition rows of each wedge short above the cables to make the brim come in a bit, and working an extra wedge. I’d love to see any modifications anyone tries out – be sure to put your Wobble Bass projects up on ravelry to share them with us all! :)
So hey, to celebrate this new addition to my ever-growing hat pattern collection, I’m having a hat sale for this week! Now through Sunday Sept 9th, enter coupon code autumnhats to buy 2 hat patterns get 1 free!! (Add at least 3 hats to your cart on ravelry or my site, then enter the code to get one free.)
This is also an “I’m going to the UK for 3 weeks – please forgive me for not replying to emails, comments, forums posts, until October” sale ;)
And while on that topic – if you have any pattern questions that other knitters might be able to help with, try asking in the forums and hopefully someone will be able to help you out sooner than I’ll be able to. I love all the yarn talk happening in the mystery shawl knit-a-long thread! If you have any questions about Wobble Bass, just go ahead and start a new thread for that; maybe one of my awesome test knitters will be able to answer, or any other leethal knitter. Thanks all for helping each other out while I’m gone! Yay knitting community!