I have found that the problem with hats, caps, berets and whatnots is that they get kind of warm when you wear them to the gym. Not really so for the baseball caps or those *visors* I love to hate, but so for most hats. You say, "Gym? Why are you bringing up wearing caps to the gym?"
I normally wouldn't wear most caps to the gym but honestly, the people in my part of town are so sick of so much warm/hot/warm/warm/hot/sorta hot weather that they have given up and started wearing their hats, caps, berets and whatnots...even while working out, at the gym. Simply put, we're desperate for a fashion opportunity. Especially one that features a hand knit.I no longer knit caps for warmth. I knit them for added spunk. For kerplunk. For you-know: for fun. And even though this particular beret-ish cap that I'm calling "Ripple" will definitely add warmth, those who don't desire too much extra warmth can plop it on on a good- or bad-hair day and pretty much add, rather than subtract, flair to their outfit of the day. And good news is, the pattern features instructions for two weights of yarn, so it's perfect if you have a single, generous skein of precious sock weight or worsted weight yarn.
And by the way: Turns out great minds think alike: Mandy from Yarnageddon contacted me after I published the first picture or two of Ripple. Turns out, she had a very similar cap idea awhile back and considered shelving her design because I was going to publish this. We talked and decided it would be fun to publish our patterns at the same time. Even though the caps have similar ruching, hers is more of a beanie, has a slightly pointed top and is almost completely in stockinette stitch. So, if you're more inclined for a fitted cap, rather than a slouchy one, check hers out at her blog or here!Sizes: Youth/Women's X-small (Women's Average)
Finished Measurements: Fingering Version: 14.75 (16.5)" brim, unstretched (Women's Average shown); Worsted Version: 14.5 (16.75)" brim, unstretched
Yarn: Fingering: Pagewood Farm Hand Dyed Sock Yarn (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon / 369 yds / 4 oz.); 1 skein, Camo; Worsted: Dream in Color Classy Worsted Weight (100% Superfine Australian Merino / 250 yds / 4 oz.); 1 skein, Spring Tickle
Needles: Fingering: One 16" long or longer circ needle size US 3 (3.25mm) and one set dpn's size US 3 (3.25mm); Worsted: One 16" long or longer circ needle size US 7 (4.5mm) and one set of dpn's size US 7 (4.5mm)
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle
Gauge: Fingering: 7 sts and 8 rows = 1" in St st; Worsted: 5 sts and 6 rows = 1" in St st
Difficulty: Intermediate or adventurous beginner
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