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, it 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 in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:)