Stash dive
Published On: April 17, 2024

This should be out next week, and I wanted to run the yarn down with you so you can go on a stash dive/lys excursion as needed!

So, I used three yarns for this (though you could get away with just two if you were so inclined). The dark purple at the brim and the gray on the hat body are two different colors of the same base. And then there’s some wild pink floofy business held alongside the gray yarn and for the squiggly lines.

On my hat, I used La Bien Aimée’s Merino DK in Madeleine for the brim and Fauna for the body, and Seven Sisters Arts’ Celano in Beltran for the floof.

Now, you don’t have to do DK, you can totally do this at a bunch of different weights. I’ve sized it for anything between 5 and 7 stitches per inch, so you can pretty much do worsted through fingering and you’ll be covered. You do want to use more or less the same weight for the brim and the body, but otherwise go wild. You can even use the same yarn for both the brim and the body and it would be totally fine, I was just having fun playing with colors so I used two.

And for the floof, you want something that plays nicely with the colors on the rest of your hat. You’ll be knitting (most of) the body with the floofy yarn held alongside the main yarn (which makes for an astonishingly warm fabric) and also carving out awesome little wibbly lines with just the floof (which looks cool as hell and gives the fabric an absolutely delightful texture).

So officially all you need is a hat’s worth of yarn in something that will get you a nice fabric somewhere between 5 and 7 stitches per inch. The yardage will be different depending on your yarn thickness. I generally plan on about 300 yards for skinny yarn, more like 200 for thicker yarn. And you can pretty much always get a hat out of 100-150 grams of yarn. Then you’ll want about the same amount of yarn in something floofy that looks good with your other yarn.

If you want to do the whole thing in one color you can, or you can use one for the brim and one for the body (which make it a great way to use up bits and pieces from other projects). Either way, it will be floofy and just slightly crumpled and oh so very toasty and cozy.

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