Wednesday, December 02, 2015


Hi, Knitters,
There is so much going on around here that I can barely keep up. Don't we all feel like that sometimes, especially at this time of year? I wholeheartedly sympathize if this applies to you. 

Please make sure to read to the end of the post, there is a really awesome and generous yarn kit giveaway for the Pete hat, and I get to randomly select 6 lucky winners! Thank you to Rowan yarns and Westminster Fibers for the yarn kits for Pete. I'll tell you how to enter at the end.

Well, I have a sweet story to tell you about the hat I am simply calling Pete

And here it is.....

~ A perfectly simple man’s hat ~
Susan B. Anderson

My brother, Peter, is one who never asks for anything. Quite a few years ago he let me knit him a simple hat with a few stripes and he loved it. I jotted down the pattern on a scrap of paper and pinned it to my studio bulletin board just in case he ever wanted another. This past weekend at Thanksgiving Pete asked if I would knit him a new hat just like the one from years ago. I jumped at the chance, quickly unpinned that waiting scrap of paper from my bulletin board and got to knitting. His only request was that the hat be a smidgen longer in length to cover his ears better which I did on this version.

My brother is an understated guy. He’s handsome, kind, quiet and humble. I feel like this hat suits him to a tee. I bet you might have some men just like my beloved Peter in your life so I decided to share this simple pattern with you.


Here is some information you might like to know about this pattern:

Pattern Note: The sample hat is knit holding two strands of fingering weight yarn together throughout, which is about the same as a worsted weight yarn. You could easily substitute with a worsted weight yarn.

Finished size at ribbed brim: 20-inch circumference, sized to fit a 21 to 23-inch head circumference.
Pete’s head measures 23 inches.
The model’s head measures 22.5 inches.

Yarn: Any sock or fingering weight yarn, two strands held together throughout OR a worsted weight yarn.

Yarn Requirements: One 100 gram skein/ball fingering weight for the Main Color or one generous skein of worsted weight (for example, Cascade 220).  Two contrasting colors, small amounts needed (use leftovers if possible!).

Yarn needed in grams:
Finished sample hat weighs 72 grams in total.
Main Color (MC): 63 grams used
Contrast Color 1 (CC1): 12 grams were used
Contrast Color 2 (CC2): 7 grams were used

Sample Hat Yarn:
Fingering weight (2-strands held double), 70% Superwash Wool, 25% Polymide, 5% Viscose, 100 grams per skein/438 yards/400 meters.
Main Color: Schachenmayr Regia 4-fadig Tweed in color #00010 (brown)
Contrast Color 1: Schachenmayr Regia Trend & Classic Tweed in color #09066 (gold)
Contrast Color 2: Schachenmayr Regia Tweed Trend & Classic in color #00002 (natural)

The original hat mentioned in the introduction (not photographed here) was made using Cascade 220, a worsted weight 100% wool.

US size 5/3.75mm 16-inch circular needle for brim
US size 6/4mm 16-inch circular needle for body of the hat
US size 6/4mm double-pointed needles for the top of the hat or preferred method for working on a small number of stitches in the round
As always, use the correct size to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 5.25 sts per inch in stockinette stitch on the larger needles

K  knit
P  purl
K2tog knit two stitches together
Kfb  knit in the front and back of the same stitch
Rnd(s) round(s)
St(s)  stitch(es)
MC  main color
CC1  contrast color 1
CC2  contrast color 2

Yarn needle
Detachable stitch marker
Ruler or tape measure

The pattern for Pete is available on my Ravelry Pattern Shop for only $2.00 right now. The discounted price is good from today, Dec. 2nd and will go through Sunday, Dec. 6th, 2015. No code is necessary. Starting Dec. 7th, the regular price for the pattern will be set at $3.00. 

Now for the giveaway details. Westminster Fibers is the US distributor of Rowan Yarns and together we have come up with a beautiful yarn kit for my Pete hat. 

The kit for the hat includes 5 balls of Rowan Fine Tweed in the following colors:
3 balls of #363 Keld (brown tweed)
1 ball of #383 Leyburn (gold tweed)
1 ball of #364 Buckden (natural tweed)

I want to offer this giveaway yarn kit prize to the pattern purchasers this time around. By purchasing the pattern you are automatically entered into the giveaway. I really appreciate you all so much. 

I will be randomly selecting 6 winners next Monday, Dec. 7th, 2015 from the Ravelry names of those who purchased the pattern. I'll contact the 6 winners via Ravelry to gather mailing addresses. 

Again, a gigantic thank you goes to Westminster Fibers for the fun and generous yarn giveaway opportunity. 

Thank you for considering Pete and good luck if you are entered to win!

I'll be back soon with more....
xo ~ susan


Brenda said...

I just bought the hat pattern. I'm thinking I'll use some of my sock yarn scraps and make my hat all crazy-colored. I'm not a hat person, but I need one for when I shovel snow or go out walking.

Margo said...

I love this hat and the colors you chose. I do have a "Pete" in my life! :)

Sheila Ricker said...

I too have a sweet Pete and he would love this hat, I would love to make it for him

Alison Makin said...

I'm about to head over and purchase the pattern. Not only do I have a Pete in my life. He is husband and his name is actually Pete. 😉

Kathy said...

I have a grandson who is a Packers fan (in Seahawk country!). He would love for Grandma to knit it for him! Thanks for the contest!

Kathy Leggett said...

I have lots of men in my life that would love a Pete hat!

Holly said...

All of the men in my life will love this hat, thank you. xxHolly/Grannyslove

Renee Anne said...

Well, that's just too easy :) I think I'm off to buy a pattern.....I don't have a human Peter and I don't think our canine Peter would wear a hat. However, I do have a human Brian and he might wear a hat...and if he doesn't, more for me :)

9crafty11 said...

What a lovely story about your brother, & it's so nice to hear he is so knitworthy & appreciates your knits!! That yarn looks so perfect in the hat too!!

Jenny Stringer said...

I just purchased the awesome "Pete" pattern on Ravelry. I'm so excited about this pattern! This looks like a hat that my big "football playing" son will wear!
I'm Jenben on Ravelry.
Thanks for another awesome pattern! 😊

Kristebee said...

What a sweet little write up of Pete, he sounds like a great guy. Cute hat too!

Kathryn King said...

What a lovely story about your brother. I was immediately drawn to the pattern because it looked like something my husband would like. Then when you were describing your brother it sounded a lot like how I would describe my husband. Thanks so much for another great pattern!

Carol Desrochers said...

Hi Susan

This looks like the perfect pattern for my 3 sons. No brothers, but 3 sons. Maybe some hats for Christmas!

fiberfascinations on ravelry

LannieK said...

Love it! My DH will love it :-)

abby said...

My nephew wants a simple hat this would be perfect and I can raid my stash.
NaomiKnitster on ravelry

Kimberj said...

I love this pattern Susan. I really need to make this for my husband. Thank you so much for giving me inspiration to tackle new projects. Kimberj on Ravelry.

Debbie VanDerMolen said...

I have an adult son, two sons-in-law, and two adult grandsons. This hat looks perfect for any or all of them. Thank you for this pattern!

Debbieamy said...

I have an adult son, two sons-in-law, and two adult grandsons. This hat looks perfect for any or all of them. Thank you for this pattern!

Stefanie said...

Morning, Susan. I'm not entering but just wanted to comment how I loved reading how your handsome and sweet brother requested another beanie from his beautiful and talented sister! Super awesome. Have a great day; hope you're keepin' warm.

MSNTricia said...

What a sweet story, it is heartwarming that he asked for a second hat. Nice simple pattern which the men that I know will actually wear.
Rav: MSNTricia

Cynthia Walat said...

Its always great when your brother asks for a hand made item!!!
love it! it would be a great hat for my brother too

Kathryn said...

I love it! What method do you use for jogless stripes?

Anonymous said...

~ Perfect man hat !! ~
loVe it ! The top of the hat has a nice classic pattern.
Shell ~

Susan B. Anderson said...

I didn't do a jogless jog on this hat. I don't usually do that on my striping projects. The only time I consider doing a jogless jog is when the stripes are really quite wide, when the stripes are skinny I think it makes it more obvious.

When I do use it I just do the common method of working a round in the new color and then when I get back to the first stitch I pull the stitch below in the old color onto the left needle and knit it together with the new color.


Andrea Slonecker said...

Great color choices for a wonderful hat! Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Love this!!!
Off to buy the pattern!

LannieK said...

Love this pattern! Got it, and your Split Back Snowflake Hat that I've been eyeing :-)
Have a wonderful December holiday season, Susie! Now off to do some knitting....

Joanne LaCour said...

Great pattern! I too have several guys who would love this hat! Thank you for the opportunity to win!
Happy holidays!

Unknown said...

Simple fantastic design for any guy in your life, or myself too!
Rav: whimzeestitches

Marilou said...

Thank you, Susan. Great looking hat!
Rav: grammiknit

ltcknits said...

Love the colors. Liz
rav: ltcknits

tjf said...

Love the hat - perfect for my sons - simple and warm.

Tricia (

Jill L said...

My 2 sons are uncomplicated and would enjoy this knit. Great pattern!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to start knitting Pete. I love hats and this will
be for a very special young man. Great pattern!
Thank-you! LynnIL ravelry

Anonymous said...

Perfection for a guy, love it, off to purchase the pattern and thanks for the discount!

Anonymous said...

Love knitting hats and have someone in mind for Pete. Great pattern and looks
like a fun knit. LynnIL rav

JayJay said...

What a great hat for a guy! Very nice. :)

Anonymous said...

count me in! love the hat! my husband has been asking for one just like that.

maywebe (ravelry id)