A Cute Use For Sock Yarn: Free Lacy Hat Pattern

Katie Himmelberg, style editor of Knitscene and assistant editor of Interweave Knits, once again joins us as today's guest poster. Today, she talks about the her design process for Katie's Fountain Hat, our new free pattern, which was inspired by a beloved movie:

Katie wearing The Fountain Hat

I was so excited to do a movie-inspired project for our Spring staff collection. My husband and I watch quite a few movies, often at home, which is a perfect opportunity for me to get some multi-tasking done and knit along while we watch. We had recently rented The Fountain and the visuals were still fresh in my mind and inspired this hat.

The Fountain is a movie that's hard to describe and didn't get the greatest reviews, but I love it all the same. I was just as engrossed by the stunning cinematography and special effects as I was with the storyline. So this hat is a visual representation of what the movie looked like to me. The easy lace pattern uses just yarn overs and k2togs to form a starburst pattern that disintegrates into a field of dots–the three different pattern areas on the hat represent the three eras of the love story in the movie.

I was absolutely enthralled by this yarn. The molten honey gold shade, the smoothness of the merino; ShiBui Sock is a wonderful lightweight yarn that makes this hat perfect for a chilly day. It's also a nice use for sock yarn, a plus for someone like me who doesn't love to knit socks!


Bertha badly wanted to try on this hat…


I used stitch markers to separate each chart repeat. It cuts down on the counting needed to follow the chart, and helped make my knitting go more smoothly. Marking the repeats doesn't work for every lace repeat, but it will for this pattern.

Try knitting this hat on a 16" circular needle. I love doing this as an alternative to dpns, though you do need to switch to dpns to shape the crown.

You can add elastic thread to the ribbing of the hat if you need a tighter fit. This is a good thing to remember if you're ever faced with a hat that is too loose or won't stay put!

by Katie Himmelberg
Assistant Editor, Interweave Knits
Style Editor, Knitscene


Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.

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