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