Victoria Sponge Hat
If you’re looking for a quick, satisfying knit, the Victoria Sponge Hat will fit the bill. It works up quickly and has just enough texture to be interesting. Once it’s washed and blocked, it has a lightweight, fluffy feel that is perfect for brisk days down by the ocean. The two rows of garter and bobbles with a block of lace in the middle reminded me quite a bit of a Victoria sponge cake, so here we are.
Fingering weight yarn, 180 yds (165 m), and lace-weight silk-mohair yarn, 180 yds (165 m)
Recommended yarns: Long Dog Yarn Sock, colorway Grace; Eden Cottage Yarn Eldwick Lace, colorway Apricot Tulip
A note about yarn substitution: some of my testers who are allergic to mohair subbed in a suri yarn with good results. If you choose to sub yarns, make sure that least one of your yarns has a very fluffy finish, because this hat is knit at a loose gauge with the assumption that the mohair fibers will catch on each other and lend stability.
4” (10 cm) square = 17 stitches x 19 rows in stockinette after blocking
One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above
One set of needles three sizes smaller than the size used to achieve gauge
Suggested needle sizes: US 8 (5 mm), US 5 (3.75 mm)
One stitch marker
Size G (4 mm) crochet hook (optional)
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Adventurous beginner to intermediate
Techniques: increases, decreases, bobbles, knitting in the round