Plicate (plus giveaway)

A while ago, I quietly took down all my earliest patterns.  They were fine, but they just weren’t quite as polished as my current work, so down they came.  I’ve been revamping them (new layouts, new charts, updated text, and often new pictures and more sizes) and rereleasing them as time allows.  Louche is back out, as are lots of lovely cuffs.  But it was about time for a hat pattern to get some love, so today I’m bringing Plicate back!

plicate mainPlicate is, if you’ll forgive the shameful lack of modesty, awfully close to my idea of the perfect slouchy hat.  The slouch is created by some clever gathering inside the hat, which means it all stays just how you’d like it, and you won’t be constantly fussing with it (or feeling it creep down your head) as you wear it.  You can make it a bit taller if you like it super slouchy (like the one above), or keep it a bit shorter if you like a more understated crumple (like the one below).

plicate old 2And you can use pretty much any fingering, sport, or light DK yarn you can imagine.  The pattern is written for three gauges (4, 4.5, and 5 stitches per inch in stockinette).  If you can get a soft, drapey fabric with your yarn at one of those gauges, you can use it for this hat (there are five size too, so you can fit everyone from toddlers to large adults).

plicateYou can also use a surprising range of yarn textures.  The first picture shows the hat in Gloss Fingering, a 70% merino 30% silk yarn by Knit Picks.  It’s smooth and even and very consistent.  The second shows the hat in a 100% alpaca, heavy fingering-weight yarn from a local independent producer (alas, no name, it came from a fiber festival years ago and had no info other than the fiber content).  It’s super fuzzy and has quite a bit of variation in thickness.  The hat works beautifully in either.  And, since you can make it with 200 yards of yarn or less, I’m pretty sure you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect yarn.

But one of you is going to have an even easier time.  The good folks at Knit Picks are going to send one of you a skein of Gloss Fingering in Robot (that’s the lovely light gray I used here, and one of the most perfect color names ever) to make your own hat.  If you think it should be you, just leave a comment telling me how you feel about slouchy hats.  Are they all you wear?  Are you still looking for the perfect one?  Have you decided they’re not your style?  There aren’t any right or wrong answers, just tell me how you feel!

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Saturday, January 24, 2015 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  Sorry, but I can only send prizes to US addresses.

 

Plicate

After much ado, I’m pleased to present Plicate.

We had a little photo shoot yesterday, and Lauren deserves great acclaim for willingly donning wooly things on the first really scorching day of the year.  I haven’t the slightest idea how she managed.  I was totally un-wool-covered, and I almost keeled over from the heat.

On the off chance it’s not too hot to even think of touching wool where you are (or, if you’ve given in and cranked up the a/c to the point where you’re actually just a bit chilly), you can now make one of your own.  It’s soft and squishy, works up quickly (it’s another of those where you won’t need to look at the chart once you get the hang of the pattern), and can be adjusted to fit your notions of the proper amount of scrunching in the back.  And don’t worry, there are careful instructions on just how to do the gathers at the back.