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Kennings Swatchcap - Pattern

Elizabeth Zimmermann launched the idea of hat-as-swatch for a larger garment and coined the term “swatchcap.” This Kennings swatchcap is a great way to warm up for a Kennings yoke sweater, a design I published with Laine Magazine in February 2018. It also makes a dandy unisex hat with just the right dose of decorative detail. A bouncy 3-ply merino like United Tribe yields outstanding stitch definition and elasticity.

-- Sarah Pope

For twenty-one more color options, try over-dyeing your United Tribe skein with a Wool Tincture.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Gauge: 20 sts x 28 rows = 4" (10 cm), blocked but unstretched
  • Needles:
    • US #4 (3.5 mm) 16" circular (for tubular cast-on)
    • US #7 (4.5 mm) 16" circular and double pointed needles (DPNS)
    • US #8 (5 mm) 16" circular
    • or size needed to achieve gauge
  • Notions:
    • Stitch Marker
    • Waste yarn
    • Darning needle
  • Materials: 1 skein Abundant Earth Fiber, United Tribe worsted-weight (200 yards/100g)
  • Size: 18" (46 cm) circumference unstretched - fits most adult heads, 9" (23 cm) crown height with brim folded