Finished Projects · knitting

Herringbone Hat

a chevron colorwork hat for my nephew

Hello, all! This week, I am sharing another hat I made and gifted for Christmas. This was an enjoyable and easy stranded knitting hat that I gave to my nephew. I am so happy with how it turned out. I mean, what’s not to love about the modern look of color-blocked chevrons?

I’m forever fascinated by the wrong side of stranded knitting…

This Herringbone Hat pattern is FREE on ravelry! It is one of three patterns in the “Family of Hats” collection by Anne Mizoguchi. The stranded pattern is a 10-stitch-by-6-rows repeating chart that is very easy to navigate and memorize. I was playing a bit of yarn chicken near the end of this hat because the turquoise yarn is the same yarn I used in another Fair Isle Hat. It worked out in the end, though, and the hat fits my nephew perfectly!

I used my favorite Cascade 220 in Silver Spruce Heather (worsted weight) for the turquoise color and Berroco Vintage DK in Snow Day (DK weight) for the white color. These yarns are different weights, which worried me initially. As I am still new to stranded colorwork, I was unsure of the effect two different weights would have on the finished product. This colorwork turned out nice and even, which I think was due to how close the yarn weights were. I’m sure a super bulky yarn mixed with a lace weight yarn would have a much different result. Maybe that might be something fun to experiment with for a fair isle panel or wall hanging!

I mixed these yarns with the foolproof needle combination of US size 4 for the ribbing and US size 6 for the rest of the hat. Most of the hats I made this past Christmas were made with this combination of needle sizes. I wet blocked this hat as well, locking in the vibrant colorblocks.

This was such a quick hat to make and the finished product is so unique. If you’re looking for a hat fit for a special someone, give this one a try! Talk soon, bilingwools!

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