This 30-page pattern is tremendously detailed and holds your hand every step of the way. There are pages and pages of step-by-step photos to show you exactly what to expect as you work. It walks you through both the hat and the embroidery with dozens and dozens of photos.
The pattern is almost absurdly detailed, but it really does mean you can totally make this, even if you’ve never embroidered on your knitting before!
Skills & scope
The actual knitting is delightfully simple, turned hem, plain stockinette body, nice mellow decreases (with an adorable starburst at the top). All the excitement comes from the embroidery you work at the end, and that’s all spelled out in alarming detail in the pattern, so you can totally make this!
The pattern uses charts, so you will need to know how to follow a knitting chart.
Yarn, gauge & sizing
The hat comes in eight sizes (everything from an 80 stitch cast on to a 136 stitch cast on) and is written for seven gauges (from four to seven stitches per inch in half stitch increments). That means you can use just about any weight of yarn from fingering up through bulky, and there will be a size to fit pretty much anyone’s head. Basically anything that will give you a smooth, even fabric with a drape you like somewhere in that range of gauges will work.
You’ll also want yarn to embroider with. I did three courses of embroidery on mine, but you can do as many or as few as you’d like, and you can use as many or as few colors for the embroidery as you’d like.
You can absolutely use scrap yarn for the embroidery.
The hat in the pictures took about 150 yards of aran-weight yarn for the knitting (about 1/3 in the contrast color used for the brim, about 2/3 in the main color used for the body) and about 50 yards of aran-weight yarn for the embroidery (I did about 1/4 in the darker color, 3/4 in the lighter, though you can absolutely change the colors around if you want).
If you’re working with thinner yarn, 250 yards for the knitting and 100 for the embroidery is a safer bet.
Tools & supplies
You’ll need needles that let you work in the round (circulars or DPNs) in whatever size lets you get a solid fabric with your chosen yarn plus the general knitting tools you need for most projects (scissors to cut your yarn, a darning needle to weave in ends, the occasional stitch marker or bit of scrap yarn to hold stitches). You’ll also want a piece of scrap yarn at least three feet long.