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Strange Jewels Hat

This hat (and the slippers to match) were inspired by so many things; the fabulously fat and squishy super-bullky-weight yarn; the cooling of the days and nights, and my resulting desire for toasty warm snuggly knitted things; and finally, my very recent reading of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. “One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all, and then stand back to see if we can ever find them.” Now, this hat might not bring out those strange jewels hidden within yourself, but the comfort you receive from the making, gifting, and wearing of them might just inspire some of that within yourself.

Materials

  • Finished Measurements: Small (Medium/Large): to fit head circumference 16-18 (20-22)” actual hat measurements 16 (21)” circumference; 7.5 (8)” from brim to top.
  • Yarn: approximately 55 (65) yards super-bulky-weight yarn. I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sookie in Hanging with my Gnomies.
  • Needles: US15/10mm needle for small-circumference circular knitting, or size needed to get gauge.
  • Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 9 sts = 4”/10 cm in stitch pattern, measured after blocking. 10 sts = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round, measured after blocking.