Quick Ombre Hat. Pattern by Emily Dormier (https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emily-dormier) (Ravelry Link): https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quick-ombre-hat
Yarn Used: Rowan Felted Tweed: https://www.yarn.com/products/rowan-felted-tweed
Do you recognize this yarn yet? The yarn is the leftover of Rowan Felted Tweed, the same wool used for my son’s Blood Thistle hat. The Blood Thistle hat is complete, with plenty of yarn to spare. Getting two complete hats from two balls of yarn is a great value and trying out Rowan Felted Tweed was a great idea.
I am trying to use the rest of this yarn up, but I honestly think I’ll still have a little of both left after this. Maybe some fingerless mitts are in my future?
Simple Design, Big Impact
This hat design was one of the first colorwork hat patterns that I’ve ever knit. My daughter was under two years old when I first made her this hat, and she’s now almost seven. It’s an easy chart that has a four-row repeat, which means no wrapping floats.
This hat calls for a worsted weight yarn, but it says that Rowan Felted tweed is more of a DK weight. Nevertheless, sizing hats up and down is incredibly easy with a chart this simple. For my son, I cast on 108 stitches. This cast-on number was for the largest size. This number was close to the cast-on for Blood Thistle. I’m not big on swatching for hats, and I figure that if it doesn’t fit the intended recipient (unless there’s a giant screw-up), it will work for someone somewhere.
I love the slow fading out of colors with knitting. There are so many different ways to do this effectively, and this hat displays a great way to do it. I want to try this for a sweater, but I have a different take on it in mind.
This pattern has so many sizes to it and all of the sizes knit up so fast. This design is easy to knit, but color swapping is required. Like I mentioned earlier, this was my first colorwork hat. My son and daughter wore their previous hats for years, showing that the Quick Ombre Hat can be knit for any gender. If you don’t know the specific size to knit, you should pick a bigger size. The hat looks great, even if it’s a little big for the recipient’s head.
With Christmas time coming soon, I know that many kind-hearted knitters have started looking for simple gift patterns for family and friends. I’d recommend this as a quick knit, and if you can guess at a good cast-on number for your hat size and can round to a number divisible by four, you could use any yarn you want. The pattern consists of three charts, meant for different sizes, depending on how long you need the hat.
How long does the pattern take?
I started this hat early in the morning and knit some throughout the day. I am on the second set of decreases, and if I had a good forty minutes or so, I could probably have the hat wholly done. I’m not sure if that will happen tonight, but it’s a fast and gift-worthy knit.
This hat pattern is free on Ravelry and is available there as a PDF download. The Quick Ombre Hat Pattern has to be one of my favorite hat patterns, and I highly recommend it.
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