WIP Wednesday: Jefferson Street Hat

Today’s work-in-progress is brought to you by Dana Bincer of the Interweave Crochet team. Dana is a brave cross-crafter who decided to knit the Jefferson Street Hat from the current issue of knit.wear! As a crocheter, Dana chose this hat because she wanted to learn new knitting techniques, and this project seemed approachable to her. She had never knit ribbing before, or worked with 16” circular needs or with four dpns in-the-round. So, this pretty simple hat still has a lot to offer Dana in terms of new, but manageable, knitting techniques.
Jefferson Street Hat
The yarn the pattern calls for is the very soft and luxurious Zealana Rimu in fingering weight. This yarn is a blend of New Zealand merino wool and brushtail possum. It has a light halo and is super soft. Dana is using Cloudborn Superwash Merino Sock Splash in the Baltic Sea colorway, which gives the hat a whole new look and feel. Considering this hat is knit on size 4 needles, the lighter color should make Dana’s first time working-in-the-round a little more manageable than it might be in black yarn! The variegated yarn brightens it up a bit, too.Jefferson Street Hat

A hat Clare Danes’s character wore on the TV show Homeland inspired this particular ribbing and the overall look of the hat. At first glance, the ribbing pattern looks like a standard k2p2 or k4p4, but is actually a k3p1k1p1 pattern. The top of the hat is cone-shaped and tapers off over a few inches, allowing the wearer to keep it tall or pull it down to make it a little slouchier. The pattern calls for a basic cast-on, although with much finagling and a bit more time and perseverance, you could potentially use a weird version of the tubular cast-on for a nicely finished bottom edge.

What is your WIP this Wednesday?

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