Today, I bring you the Tidal Hat. You’ll have seen a previous incarnation of this hat before on my blog, but I never had the motivation to write up the pattern. It occurred to me that it would make a nice addition to Sustain the Sea, so here it is!
This hat celebrates water and the sea, its ebb and flow, and the sandy beaches where rivers join the sea. If we look after the quality of the water and air that goes into the sea, it will help the sea look after us.
This pattern depicts water as it ripples down the rivers to the sea, and the waves of sand left behind when the tide goes out. Purl stitches reflect the grainy sand, and the reverse stocking stitch gives the hat a slight ‘slouch’. The twisted stitches framing the ripples represent shells that are so much a part of the beach, and a visible reminder of the fragile balance of life in the sea.
The brim is knitted with a smaller needle to keep it from stretching too much over time, and allows the hat to hug the head so it is less likely to blow off in the wind! The looser crown gauge makes a hat that is comfortable to wear and flatters the face.
I encourage you to try the no-cable-needle method to knit the waves. It’s very easy, and will save a lot of time and fiddling with cable needles! Instructions on how to do this are contained in the pattern. Magic loop with a long circular needle to knit the hat, and you’ll even be able to bind off the crown without changing to DPN needles.
I selected a beautiful, crisp New Zealand Corriedale yarn: Anna Gratton’s Little Wool Co. pure wool naturals in Pumice, to reflect the colour of sand and shells and convey a sense of purity to the design. The structure of the spin has a liveliness that provides great stitch definition. It’s one of my favourite New Zealand yarns – durable, comfortable, warm.
Using this wool is also a sustainable choice for me – it is a natural colour, and it has been grown, shorn, spun and now knitted all within a two hour’s drive from where I live in Wellington. I’m very lucky to have access to such wonderful wool.
If you’d like to use the same yarn I chose, you can find it here, or email Anna Gratton direct at filaro AT farmside.co.nz.
50g (108m/118yd) DK weight yarn (suggested yarn is Anna Gratton Little Wool Co. 8 ply pure wool naturals in Pumice)
3.75mm (US 5) and 4.5mm (US 7) circular needles (or DPNS if you prefer)