My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Of Hats and Gauge

My hat knitting continues!

I finished this hat this week:

This is Let’s Stripe, a pattern by Nur Gutes, which is one of the 15 glorious hat patterns in Kate Davies new book, Milarrochy Heids. Mine looks a lot different from the sample in the book!

I used some Koigu KPPPM as a background color, and a set of miniskeins I purchased via Etsy a while back. I think it is a fun interpretation!

Speaking of interpretations, here is my current project:

This is Tettegouche by Virginia Sattler-Reimer, another design from Milarrochy Heids. For my version I am using a natural colored Koigu KPM as the background color, and a Koigu KPPPM “Pencil Box Set” as the foreground color. This is a set of 10 miniskeins that make a unique gradient.

Bonus: I’ll have enough to make the matching Tettegouche Mittens!

This leads me to a discussion of gauge.

The gauge for this hat is 30 stitches and 34 rounds to 10 cm. The designer achieved this gauge using a 3 mm (U.S. size 2.5) needle and Kate Davies’ Milarrochy Tweed yarn.

I got gauge with a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle! This is partly because the Koigu yarn I’m using is slightly finer than the yarn used in the pattern, and partly just because of the differences in the way different people knit. It is a cautionary tale: always check your gauge! I was pretty sure that the 3mm needle used to knit the sample would be too small so I started swatching with a 3.25mm needle. That was still too small, so I ended up with the 3.5 mm needle. An hour of swatching saved me from having a hat that would be way too small!

Loki says:

I’ve heard it all before.


  1. Susanne Scheurwater says:

    Nice hat(s)! Did you read Kate Davis’ blog post this week about needle size and the very reason while checking gauge is so important. Any of the patterns she has written talk about “gauge needle” instead of a particular size! The gradient hat looks booteaful!
    Happy Holidays

  2. Now I really want Kate Davies’ new hat book! Your hats are wondrous!

  3. Your Tettegouche hat is gorgeous but I’ll never knit one- hats get lost too easily. Thanks for sharing your projects and info on gauge.

  4. Loki’s smushed up face is adorable!

    Both projects are beautiful!

  5. Charlottewv says:

    Your hats are gorgeous. I especially like the Tettegouche. Loki is such a sweet purrbabe. Happy Holidays to both of you.