knitscene Winter 2018: Willow Winds Hat

The term, ‘capsule wardrobe’ sends an uncomfortable shock up my spine. Why? Because it’s tearing me apart! Thankfully, projects like the Willow Winds Hat from knitscene Winter 2018 save my hard-earned money and appease my guilty conscience.

I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe—just a few sleek essentials that can be turned into a variety of outfits sounds so calming and environmentally responsible it’s hard to ignore. On the other side, it can get expensive and there really isn’t room in that lifestyle for my alligator-print dress or embarrassingly large hoard of silly socks.

So I try to straddle the line and pick projects that I love, will wear as much as possible, and don’t cost a bunch of money. Enter the Willow Winds Hat by Amy Gunderson—a reversible hat knit in Universal Yarn’s Bella Cash, a superwash fine merino, cashmere, and nylon blend—that will keep you warm without any itch. It comes in over 25 colors, and you can check them out here. My eye is on the Crème and Graphite colorways. But regardless of which colors you choose this hat has a lot more versatility than most.

And it’s really fun to knit. You work from the crown of the first side (hat) to the crown of the second side (hat). Then you put one layer inside the other and flip to change hats!

Got a craving more clever construction? Check out the rest of the knitscene Winter 2018!

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Amy Gunderson

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 15 (16½, 18)” circumference at brim and 9″ tall. Hat shown measures 15″.

YARN Universal Yarn Bella Cash
(60% superwash fine Merino wool,
30% nylon, 10% cashmere; 230 yd
[210 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #104 sea (blue; A) and #105 ice (gray; B), 1 (2, 2) ball(s) each.

NEEDLES Size 2 (2.75 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ cir and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.

GAUGE 32 sts and 35 rnds = 4″ in First Layer chart patt.

knitscene Winter 2018: Escape to Cozy Comfort

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