First off: I just want to say, thank you for joining us on our first ever KAL! Not sure what it's all about? Get all the details and check out the schedule here.
All caught up? Great! Let's get going on Part 1:
This pattern calls for 120-150 yards of a worsted weight yarn. Most likely - if you're going for true Riverdale's Jughead style, you'll want a charcoal grey.
We're recommending two options (you'll only need one ball of either):
a) Because I'm obsessed with the softest yarn possible from natural fibres, I highly recommend Cascade 220 Superwash Merino in colour #27 - Charcoal.
b) If you're looking for something a little bit more budget, I also highly recommend Estelle Worsted - you'll most likely want either #1282 - Heather Charcoal, or #1281 - Heather Nickel.
c) For a totally "glam" look, go for Cascade Luminosa in Silver - this was suggested by one of our staff, Vickie E., and I absolutely LOVE this idea! This yarn is slightly heavier, being considered Aran weight, so you'll definitely want to swatch and possibly go down a needle size so you don't end up with a hat that's too big!
But of course, you're welcome to experiment and use any colour, hand-dyed or otherwise, of any yarn that you're interested in substituting for this pattern.
- You'll need two sets of 5.0mm - US 8 size needles to knit this hat. Either straights or circulars will work just fine, as this hat is knit flat and then joined together later on.
- Darning or tapestry needle
- Scrap yarn for Provisional cast-on
- Locking stitch markers (optional)
- Small red button and white cloth scrap for finishing details (or buy these awesome handmade pins from Etsy)
Order your materials online and we'll either ship them to you, or arrange for pickup from either of our locations next time we're open. Or, drop by our shops in Cobourg or Whitby to pick up your supplies in-person. When you purchase any items for this KAL through us, AND you complete the KAL by our deadline (EOD Feb 23), you'll be entered into our draw with prizes donated by Estelle Designs. Watch through the video, above, for full details on that (including what the prizes are)!
Once you have them, you'll need to - dun, dun DUN... SWATCH.
That's right, while swatching for scarves and shawls is largely unnecessary, for anything that's going to fit as you need it to, it's always necessary to swatch. You need to make sure you get your gauge right, not only to ensure the item will fit, but to ensure you have enough yarn to complete your project (that won't be an issue for this one unless you're substituting the yarn , as you're getting far more yardage than you should need to complete the hat on either ball of recommended yarn).
Read up all about how to make a gauge swatch, and why, over at Knitty.
All done the above steps? Don't forget to:
- Check into our Facebook Group with your progress.
- Add a progress pic to your Ravelry project