CAST ON: Hello, Color

We’re obsessed with the colorwork yoke sweaters that have been flowing through our social media feeds lately. The colors, the designs, and the accomplishment of such a beautiful garment! But sometimes a sweater can be a daunting task, which is why we tip our hat to four designers who have recently released colorwork HATS that give us the same warm fuzzies! These smaller-scale projects scratch our colorwork itch, plus are a great way to practice colorwork techniques without the stresses of sizing, yarn quantities, and construction. 

Whidbey Hat by Caitlin Hunter

From colorwork-expert Caitlin Hunter (we trust you have all seen Sunset Highway and Tecumsuh), this four-color, fingering weight hat that is knit in-the-round from classic, ribbed brim to impressive, colorwork crown. The sample is knit with House of Ala Mode’s House Fingering, but any rich color yarn will do. 


Owen Hat by Jill Zielinski

With its pleasing, graphic pattern, the Owen Hat is a unisex hat that can be worn with or without a pom pom for an equally stunning look. Calling for four colors of a DK weight yarn (the designer used Plucky Knitter’s Beauregard ), this hat works best with contrasting solid colors.  Best of all, you don’t have to settle on just one color combination; the hat is sized for baby – adult large, which you can knit up a hat for everyone in the family, each in its own unique color palate. 



Part of Espace Tricot’s Chalet Collection, the Tremblant Toque features a small band of colorwork at the brim that makes a large impact. Knit with fingering weight yarn and with instructions for three adult sizes, this unisex hat features a slight slouch at the crown making it a good-looking hat for most heads.

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Downy Hat by Bonnie Sennott

With colorwork detail inspired by the downy woodpecker, the hat of the same name uses 4 colors of DK weight yarn to create this comfy, slouchy topper.  While the designer used colorways from Buachaille from Kate Davies Designs to represent the colors of the bird, the color options are endless for this hat, encouraging people to make it their own! Maybe your own favorite bird? 

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