Pattern: Knoppen Hat, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, in the Juliette's Blush colorway
Knit in the round with fingering weight yarn, the Knoppen Hat is named after a Dutch word meaning "buds." The whole time I was knitting Knoppen, its leaf lace and the lovely lilac-colored yarn made me think of spring. So, a name suggesting spring buds seemed just right.
The pattern provides instructions for three sizes requiring 185 to 225 yards/170 to 206m. You could probably get two hats out of most skeins of sock yarns (most definitely with the generous yardage of Dream in Color Smooshy—450 yards per skein). I knit the sample in the largest size; my swatch and the hat weighed in at half the skein, or about 225 yards.
Knoppen's lace motif is quite easy and quick to work. And whether you prefer charts or written instructions, the pattern's got you covered—it provides both.
Thanks are in order to:
- Amber, talented web designer, crafter, and cofounder of Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse, for modeling again. (She also modeled the Rowhouse Hat and Briscoe, and is really getting to be a pro!) The morning of the photo shoot was dark and gloomy, but Amber saved the day by pointing out a well-lit stairwell at Eastworks that turned out to be an excellent backdrop.
- My sister Jenny, for her careful technical editing.
- My sister Jackie, for suggesting the absolutely perfect pattern name. I had another spring-themed name in mind but wanted to save it for a different pattern. Where would I be without my talented sisters?
Thank you very much for reading. May spring buds bloom all around you soon!