New Hat Pattern: Persimmon

Knitters Graph Paper Journal knitting

I've created a hat pattern. It's called Persimmon, and it's my very first published pattern that's for sale, and my second total. While I don't really consider myself a knitwear designer, many of my knitting projects are improvised. However, I do keep meticulous notes in my Knitters Graph Paper Journal, so I was able to write this one up into something legible.

About Persimmon. I intended at first for it to be a color work beanie knit from Shetland Wool, so that my noggin would be warm and dry during this Pacific Northwest rainy season. Umbrellas are eschewed here in PNW, and for good reason. They are cumbersome, they poke people in the eyes, and they cause a lot of wet doorways, oh, and they break all the time. Rain gear here consists of shoes that keep one's feet dry, a rain jacket, and a hat – because, the hoods on a typical 'performance wear' rain shell cause one to lose his peripheral vision. I personally, only put my hood on if it's pouring rain. A wool cap, made from the hardiest of wools, will no doubt keep one's head very dry throughout the day - and warm too.
But, it's a little scratchy on the forehead, so I went out and bought a skein of Black Trillium Fibre Pebble Sock yarn, so that I could knit a lining. After creating a lined brim with BTF on the inside, and Shetland Wool on the outside, it wasn't the right gauge, so I back-tracked, or really, I started over. Well... for now the Shetland Wool beanie has been put to the side for another day – someday... soon, I hope.

Viola! This Persimmon beanie is made up entirely of Merino Fingering Weight Yarn – the kind that's plied only twice, making it loftier. It's got double thickness brim by starting with a provisional cast on, folding it over and joining, all in K2 P2 ribbing. Then the stranded color work portion provides double thickness because of the floats, and is a little lighter than the brim. Overall, it provides a lot of warmth, and feels soft and cozy.
And, until the end of the year, I am giving away this pattern along with any purchase. Just make your purchase, and I'll send you a Ravelry download code with your confirmation email.
I hope knitters enjoy my pattern. Check out the Ravelry Pattern Page for all the details. Please do write to me and tell me what you think. And, if you find an error, let me know.

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