July 20, 2010

donegal cap

Posted in finished object, knitting at 6:15 pm by peachknits

Pattern: Donegal Cap
Yarn: Hemp for Knitting Hempton
Started: July 12, 2010
Finished: July 18, 2010

Notes: A quick and satisfying summer knit. Zach really liked the original driving cap I knit for him, but had one complaint: the brims were a little too wide, and protruded a little too far from his head. I agreed. He imposed a new mission: find a hat pattern that would fit him better.

I’m really puzzled as to why this pattern isn’t more popular. Despite a somewhat intimidating construction method and some pretty awesome short row shaping, it’s really not that difficult once you get a handle on it. I want to know, as a blossoming designer (can I call myself that yet?) how Cheryl Andrews of Wooly Bear Hand Knits got her head around all that shaping and structure. The end result is pure genius.

Hempton by Hemp for Knitting is surprisingly forgiving on your hands, for being, well, hemp. It had a hand similar to cotton, but was stiffer and didn’t stretch much. The rigidity of the yarn makes a perfect fabric for this hat: it doesn’t sag or lose its structure, and you don’t even need a plastic template for the brim. Amazing!

This hat is an early birthday present for Zach. I think it really suits him!



  1. rachael said,

    you’re skills still blow me away. this looks crazy hard to make!

  2. Euralia said,

    Hi, is there anywhere I can find this donegal cap pattern ? it’s so cool !!

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