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Pattern Notes
Darling Honey was designed to be feminine and fun with the feel of being a boutique knit. It’s an easy going hat perfect for pairing up with a casual outfit and your every-day Fall & Winter jacket.

Following the pattern as written will produce a semi-slouch hat. However, you can easily work the overall length slightly shorter for a classic beanie style or longer for a rasta influenced look (where to make this change is noted within instructions).

The “bobbles” that for the clusters are actually nupps (instructions can be found in the stitch guide), so there is no turning the hat around to knit back and eat up precious knitting time.

One lovely characteristic of the Capra yarn this design is worked in is its flexible gauge. If you wish to work a smaller version of Darling Honey you can simply work at a tighter gauge and the fabric produced will still look lovely! (i.e. for a toddler size work the lower edge at a gauge of 6 sts per inch for a 16.5” circumference and then go up to 5.5 sts per inch for the main body, or continue at the smaller gauge to refrain from loosing the tot in a too floppy hat.)

Darling Notes — The following are notes I made to myself during the design process.
Sometimes yarn will tell you so loudly what it wants to be that it's not worth the effort to try and convince it otherwise. One could, of course, attempt to "beat" it into submission, but how much fun isn't that? So, when I pulled this honey colored yarn from the box both the name and the design were set before I had any chance at all. Into my head flashed an image of thus little slouch hat with beehive shaped clusters on a mostly purled background. A few details were left in shadow for me to discover, but overall it was good to go. And Darling Honey seemed a very appropriate name for such a look and color. Because the stitch count is so crucial to the design I feel very limited in sizes I could offer without making the pattern very small or large or highly confusing. Luckily the Capra yarn is very forgiving and lends itself to knitting at multiple gauges. Advantage can be taken of this by writing the pattern with only one set of instructions, but 3 possible gauges.... The middle gauge will produce an average womens size hat.

End Note: As you can tell from the Pattern notes above, I went with a variation on my original thinking and wrote the pattern in two sizes (using the same gauge) and then gave some tips for making the hat smaller by working at a tighter gauge.

Yarn 2(2) skeins Knit Picks Capra [85% merino wool/15% cashmere; 123 yards; 50 grams; DK weight], Color: “Honey”

1x US 6(4mm) 16 inch circular needle
1x US 7(4.5mm) 16 inch circular needle
1 set US 7(4.5mm) dpns
Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge.

US 6(4mm) needles: 22 sts & 28 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 7(4.5mm) needles: 20 sts & 24 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

10 stitch markers

Finished Bottom Edge Circumference: 18 (20)”
To Fit Head Size: 20–22 (22-24) inches

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Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on August 6, 2010 at 10:00am
Thanks for all the useful information. Wonderful pattern... how IS Capra to knit with... sounds like a very versatile yarn.
Comment by Knit4Many on August 5, 2010 at 12:44pm
Cute design. So tell us how was it to knit with the new KP yarn?

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