Morgan’s hat request was over a year ago. It was a simple and easy request. After all, she wasn’t asking for a full sweater or anything. She asked that the chosen yarn be soft. Being a teenager, she was also very specific about the color. It had to be gray, but not dark gray or too light a gray. Having easy access to CEY’s great yarn selection was very helpful in trying to fill her requirements.
After looking at a few choices, we settled on Princess. This was the perfect yarn and color. So off I went to design and knit the hat. Somewhere along the line it got put into a bag and forgotten, with only the crown left to finish. I’m sure many a knitter can understand how this happened… so much yarn, so many beautiful patterns, so little time etc. However, the hat is now finished and still in style so Morgan will be wearing it in the upcoming snowboarding season!
40% merino, 28% viscose, 10% cashmere,
7% angora, 15% nylon
Princess is a clever blend of several fibers that includes a bit of cashmere and angora. The strength and durability that the yarn’s round, multi-ply construction brings, makes it great for accessories that will get a lot of use. But the cashmere and angora content takes the crisp edge off the yarnit has a soft halo and gentle drape that develops as you knit with it. It positively blossoms after its first hand wash or wet block. (Wet blocking project pieces is a great way to soften up and even out knitted stitches. This is especially true with CEY's Princess, a yarn that blossoms beautifully when blocked this way.)
The best thing about Princess is its reasonable price. It comes 150 yards to a 50 gram ball and knits up anywhere from 4.5 sts to 5.5 sts per inch. The 32 colors in its palette range from bright to vintage to neutrals.
The hat is worked in a rib pattern, which will become the lining that will surround the brim. In this case, a plastic canvas was cut to slip inside the lining. Then the rib is incorporated into a rib and cable repeat. Finally, the crown is shaped in stockinette stitch.
Here is the free downloadable Morgan's Princess Hat pattern. (file size: 776 KB)
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try these: page 1 - page 2 - page 3