i am so excited to share with you my new collection of hat patterns, releasing over the course of the month of march! the topography collection is inspired by architectural and geological features around the world and a desire to produce a series of unisex hats that are understated yet visually interesting, and modern yet timeless.
including two simple colorwork designs and two chunky knit hats, all four patterns are perfect for intermediate or adventurous beginners. the patterns are simple and quick to knit and feature techniques such as stranded colorwork, interesting stitch patterns, and cables.
while these hats would look incredible knit up in any kind of yarn, I specifically wanted to utilize high quality natural fiber and natural fiber-blend yarns for the samples that are affordable and widely available at local craft stores. i not only wanted to highlight some really great yarns at really great prices, but also to make these patterns and finished objects even more accessible to everyone. i hope you love these designs as much as i do!
Introducing the architrave hat! a beanie-style fitted knit with just a little bit of slouch, the pattern features a simple colorwork design influenced by ancient stepped pyramids and desert mesas. worked up in a few yards of contrast colored wool, the design is both subtle and visually interesting.
this pattern calls for one skein of a medium worsted weight/category 4 yarn, and size us 6 (4.0mm) needles. I highly recommend Patons classic wool worsted, the praises of which i have sung before (see my post: the best affordable, natural fiber yarns). This yarn is a workhorse! it is 100% wool, blocks up incredibly soft, and clocks in at around $6-7 a skein at local craft stores. i almost always have a skein of the black or aran colors on hand! for the architrave sample, i used colorway “heath heather.”
the pattern for architrave will be available as a pdf download on friday, march 5th on both elisemade.com and ravelry!
silicate is the second hat pattern and first chunky knit in the topography collection. using a series of knit and purl stitches to create a stacked chevron pattern this hat is designed to be reversible, with the “knit” side highlighting a neat 4-pointed crown and the “purl” side showcasing the alternating stitches. this hat knits up incredibly fast and could be made in about an hour!
the pattern for silicate calls for one skein of a super bulky/category 6 yarn and size us 13 (9mm) needles. for the sample i used the ubiquitous lion brand wool-ease thick & quick in color kale. the pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
the pattern for silicate will be available as a pdf download on friday, march 15th on both elisemade.com and ravelry!
Taiga is the third hat in the collection, and the second stranded colorwork design. evocative of chilly winters and traditional nordic sweater patterns, taiga is both unique and classic. Choose a contrasting color to keep the design neutral, or get creative with color combinations!
this pattern calls for a medium worsted weight/category 4 yarn and size us 6 (4.0mm) needles. for this sample i used patons classic wool worsted in color new denim, and color navy for the colorwork design.
the pattern for taiga will be available as a pdf download on friday, march 22nd on both elisemade.com and ravelry!
The last design in the series is the pylon hat, a slouchy knit worked up in chunky weight yarn. this pattern begins with an off-beat ribbing that works up into tight cables running up to the crown of the hat. Pylon is an easy and repetitive pattern that can be worked up in about an hour!
this pattern calls for a super bulky/category 6 yarn and size us 13 (9mm) needles. i used a new yarn for the first time for this sample, and i was very impressed with the quality and softness! Check out loops & threads lush alpaca (20% alpaca!) in color gray. pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
the pattern for taiga will be available as a pdf download on friday, march 29th on both elisemade.com and ravelry!