A Hint of Tweed – a Free Hat Pattern for Subscribers!
If you have been waiting for some patterns from Knitlish & Sew, I’m happy to tell you that my first knitwear pattern has been out since Valentine’s Day! The pattern is called A Hint of Tweed and it’s a free, subscriber-only hat pattern that comes in three sizes and it’s available both in English and Finnish. To subscribe and to receive the pattern in your inbox, follow this link to enter your information.
The inspiration for designing A Hint of Tweed started with a ball of Rowan Felted Tweed. I had already fallen in love with the yarn when I started to knit my Mary Mead cardigan. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen pictures of the cardigan, but I will also publish a blog post about it in a couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled! The Mary Mead was my first ever project knit using tweed yarn, and I thought that an accessory would be a nice way to try tweed yarn for someone who hasn’t worked with tweed before and doesn’t know whether they like the look on them or not. An accessory, such as a hat, is also a good and affordable way to incorporate a little bit of tweed into a cold weather outfit using approximately one ball of Rowan Felted Tweed.
Although the yarn composition itself is very warm (50 % merino wool, 25 % alpaca, 25% viscose), I wanted to design a simple, yet super warm hat for people with cold-sensitive ears. (I’m one of those people. :D ) And that idea turned into a double-brim hat knit almost entirely in stockinette stitch. The hat only has one purl row, and things don’t get any more difficult than the provisional cast on.
The good thing about the double brim is that not only does it lend itself well to give extra warmth, it also allows you to save your main yarn to the outer brim and crown. That’s my top tip for knitting the hat if, for example, you are using leftover yarn and, therefore, are a bit tight on the material, or if you are knitting the largest size and want to make sure your ball of Rowan Felted Tweed is enough for the visible parts of the hat! You could very well use some other yarn for the inner brim - just make sure you use yarns of similar weight throughout the hat.
And if you want to be extra careful about the secondary yarn not showing on the right side of your finished hat, cast on and knit a couple of rows using your main yarn and then switch to your secondary yarn to knit the inside of the brim. This is because you will later knit the cast on stitches together with live stitches, and if you cast on using a contrasting color, you may be able to see some of it on the right side.
If you haven’t already subscribed, follow this link to subscribe and get your free, subscriber-only A Hint of Tweed hat pattern. If you are already subscribed, don’t worry, you can get your copy by following that same link. 😊
I hope you enjoy the pattern and the hat you knit with the pattern! Please contact me at johanna(at)knitlishandsew.com if you have comments, recommendations, or ideas concerning the pattern, and don’t forget to use hashtags #ahintoftweed and #ripaustweediä when sharing your progress and finished hat with others on social media. You can also start a project page on Ravelry to share your project!
Have you worked with tweed yarn before? Which colorway of Rowan Felted Tweed are you selecting for your hat, or are you using some other yarn for your project? Let’s chat, I’d love to hear from you!