On the Needles: The Gnome Hat

yaRRns By May 18, 2015 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I added some Crystal Palace Cuddles to my yarn stash. It’s an acrylic yarn but oh so soft. It feels almost like terry cloth (is that still a thing?). It’s an Aran weight which is a “4” but this yarn felt much thicker than my usual worsted weight. It was more on the chunky side but when I worked it up it slid off of my needles. After a search on Ravelry I found a link to the Gnome Hat pattern, a really cool slouch hat. 

I cast on and had at it. The pattern calls for size 10 needles but because I am so inpatient in my haste I grabbed a pair of 10 1/2 circular needles. 


The hat works up very quickly. It took me four days to complete but I’m sure if I worked at it without interruption I could get it done in a day. 

This pattern is very easy to follow and work up. While it’s easy, I will add that there were times I got a bit bored creating this hat. After the ribbing of the band there is nine inches of knit stitch that had me yawning as I created 

I did some modifications to the hat. Instead of decreasing to a point, I just decreased until I ran out of stitches. I suppose this is a gnomish hat. 

Once I finished knitting, I asked The Bee to model. I explained to her that I needed to add a few buttons but she informed me that the hat was done and it became a part of her collection.

Never fear!

During a recent visit to Stash yarn shop, located in Havertown, I got some Plymouth Yarn to add to my stash. Because it was clearance I was only able to get two skeins each of Monte Donegal in Mustard  


And Monte Hand Dye in Grape. 



I’ve casted on for another hat that I can hopefully keep for myself.

My progress so far:


Follow me on Instagram (I’m on there as “sayitrahshay“) to see the completed hat!


What’s on your hooks or needles?



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  1. lydiaf1963 says:

    I just finished a hat for my son with a diamond pattern. It was my first adventure with color work and a good choice because I only had to change colors every other row. I have a baby sweater I need to finish one sleeve and block. I’m not quite ready for an adult sized sweater. Anyway, the mustard colored yarn with the flecks is gorgeous! I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for that.Now I’m going to explore your other projects.

    1. Rachee says:

      I started a shawl with the mustard. Not loving it! I think I am going to frog it; I feel that it wants to be a drop stitch scarf.

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