The Sherpa Hat

The Sherpa Hat2

The Sherpa Hat1

The Sherpa Hat

The Sherpa Hat has been my introduction into hat designing. I have knitted hats before but not from my own pattern. Designing my first hat has made me realise how important maths is when figuring out pattern details and you know what, itΒ  really wasn’t too difficult at all (thank goodness!). It seemed somewhat of a mystery at first but after I figured out measurements, stitches per inch and the allowance necessary to keep the hat snug, it all came together and knitted up into the Sherpa Hat!

While designing this pattern, my interpretation of my thought process developed into everything that I had hoped for this project. The sides of the hat remind me of rock and mountain formations and the top, where the ridge of purl is broken into sections, brought to mind tent tops for the tents used by mountain guides, therefore the name Sherpa came to mind. This blue one was knitted up for Erin’s birthday, which was yesterday and I now have requests from the rest my family as well! I’ve knitted it inΒ Nurturing Fibres Spaghetti Aran yarn with a 4.5 mm circular needle. (Happy Birthday to your Erin today Tracey!)

I would really like to have this hat test knitted in about a week or so, so if you are keen to test the pattern for me, let me know in the comments and send an email to I like to keep the test knit to 10 knitters. The test knit will be moderated on Ravelry as soon as my Autumn Sky test knit is finished.

The pattern details are as follows:

Circular knitting, 4.5mm circular needles, aran yarn.

Joining in with the Yarn Along

Reading: I have just finished reading: At Knits End by Stephanie Pearl McPhee (A wonderful and hilarious book about knitting. I loved it and can totally relate:)


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34 Responses to The Sherpa Hat

  1. lori April 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    i would love to try linda, my first test knit! such a wonderful hat!

    • Linda April 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Thank you so much Lori! I will let you know when the test knit thread opens on my Ravelry group:)

  2. Stel April 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    This is beautiful! If I could knit, I would volunteer πŸ™‚

    • Linda April 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

      Thanks so much Stel:)

  3. kate April 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Beautiful! If you still need a volunteer – put my name in the ‘hat’ please πŸ™‚

    • Linda April 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Thanks Kate:)

  4. Joan April 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    It’s a great hat – I’ve been looking for something like it for my daughter and would be happy to volunteer to try out the pattern.

    • Linda April 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Thanks so much Joan:)

  5. Lise April 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Lovely hat, Linda!

    • Linda April 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

      Thanks Lise:)

  6. SherryG. April 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Love the hat design. Would love to test knit for you. Just let me know. Thanks so much.

  7. Bridgit's Bell April 24, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    The design is cool and the yarn beautiful.

    • Linda April 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Thanks Bridgit, I love this Nurturing Fibres yarn too:)

  8. Joanne Thomas April 24, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    I really like your new hat design and would love to test knit for you. Look forward to hearing from you. Joanne

  9. Joanne Thomas April 24, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    I really like your new hat design and would love to test knit for you. Look forward to hearing from you. Joanne

    • Linda April 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Thank you Joanne:)

  10. Andrea April 24, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Really cute πŸ™‚

  11. Diana April 24, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    I would love to do a test knit for you with this hat. It looks lovely.

    • Linda April 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Thanks Diana:)

  12. Lisa April 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Congrats on finishing your pattern! Wish I had time to sign up, but we’re off for a little holiday, and you’re likely already full. Best of wishes to you!

  13. sylvia April 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    i’ve never thought of reading a book about knitting, but maybe i should, how fitting would that be πŸ™‚ and what a bonus that it’s funny!
    love how the beanie turned out Linda!! i actually really want to get your whale pattern and knit the whale for my little boy, i just need to get the “right” yarn.
    have a lovely day!

    • Linda April 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      It is such a wonderful book and so funny! I am going to order another of her books tomorrow:)
      Thanks so much about the beanie and do post photos on my Mamma4earth Ravelry group when you’ve knitted your whale, we would all love to see him:)
      Chat soon

  14. steph April 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    very very cute pattern!!! If you are still looking for a test knitter, count me in!

  15. Nahuatl Vargas April 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Congrats on your new pattern!

  16. Paula April 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    What a beautiful hat! A bit out of my knitting range but I will aspire to it πŸ™‚ The book sounds so funny ~ just added it to my wish list!

  17. Maya April 24, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Hello! I just found your hat and it is beautiful! I would love to test knit this for you!

  18. karen April 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    beautiful hat!! Love the shaping design at the crown πŸ™‚

  19. Eileen April 25, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    Great hat pattern ! I will volunteer to test knit for you !

  20. Christine April 25, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    Wow, your hat is beautiful, Linda!

    A bit late, but am happy to test knit if needed. πŸ™‚

  21. katie metzroth April 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    really pretty hat. great color choice!

  22. Nat @ Made in Home April 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    It looks great, love the top of the hat!

  23. Lynda M O April 30, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    I just love this new pattern, Linda, it’s delightfully intricate and yet not so complicated. It’s really neat.

  24. K May 2, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    I LOVE this hat. I love the top of it. I love the rocky sides. YOu are SO BRILLIANT.

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