Double Down

I’m an ‘extra’ kind of person.  I like extra flavor.  Bonus material.  Double strength.  So when I was thinking about my next hat, it needed to be double awesome.  I wanted double luxury, double thickness, and double warmth.  And it all came together!

end-to-end

I had three colorways of Cashmere 4 Ply, by Handmaiden – Black, Silver, and Topaz.  Seriously, if you haven’t touched this yarn, please put it on your wish list!  It’s 100% cashmere, and it’s simply divine.  I wanted to use all three colorways, so I devised a color pattern that satisfied my need for symmetry, and wasn’t just stark stripes.

topaz-silver-hat

I started at one end by casting on eight stitches, and increasing until it was the right diameter. Then I knit straight for about twice the normal length of a hat.  Finally, I decreased to mirror the increases at the other end, pulling the yarn tail through the final eight stitches.

topaz-black-hat

I tucked one end into the other and voila!  It’s essentially two hats – one knit from the top down, the other knit from the bottom up – both as soft and warm as can be.  It’s everything I wanted in a hat, and I don’t plan to take it off until Oregon starts warming up next Spring!

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