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Hilla Hat

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This eye-catching hat features a playful geometric Fair Isle motif and a wide brim that can be folded up for added warmth, or left unfolded for a more casual slouchy style. The hat is worked in the round from a chart that features easy to understand integrated crown shaping, and comes in two sizes.

The pattern is named after the influential German photographer Hilla Becher (1934-2015), who is known for her straightforward depictions of post-war industrial structures in black and white.

Read more about the artist and story behind the design.

19.25 (21.5)” around head (ribbing on brim is tighter for snug fit)
9.5” length with brim folded down
For best fit, select a size about 2-3” smaller than your head circumference.
Size 19.25” shown on model with 22” head circumference.

DK weight (#3 light)
Shown Here: The Alpaca Yarn Company Classic Alpaca (100% baby alpaca; 110yd/50g ball):
Main Color (MC) #401 Liberty Grey, 2 balls
About 116 yards total
Contrasting Color 1 (CC1) #100 White House, 1 ball
About 53 yards yards total

Gauge Needle (Hat): US size 5 (3.75mm): DPN’s
Ribbing: US size 4 (3.25mm) DPN’s or 1 size smaller than gauge needle
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge

Stitch markers
Yarn needle

25 sts and 30 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch colorwork pattern
You will get a PDF (802KB) file

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