Matilda & Tillie: knit cloche hat pattern
Matilda & Tillie
heavy worsted weight/aran knitting yarn (70% wool, 30% mohair), 4 oz/200 yds, color of your choice
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (18", 20", 22", 24", 26", 27"/46, 51, 56, 61, 66, 68.5 cm)
US 6/4.0mm dpns, 1 set of 5
US 6/4.0mm circular needle (16")
US G/4.25 mm crochet hook
Hats for chilly seasons, these close-fitting wool cloche hats are designed to keep out cold and blustery winds. The heather mohair blend yarn enhances the vintage style; the crown and brim colors look subtly different depending on the angle and the light. Tiny flecks of many colors make these wearable with just about any color in your wardrobe. These hats will also travel well, easily stuffed into a coat pocket or a bag, and can be dressed up easily with pins, brooches, and other decorations.
The crown is knit from the top down, ending right above the ears. The brim is worked separately as a long bias strip with increases and decreases to shape it as you go and is sewn to the crown. A simple knit i-cord or crocheted cord trims the hat and covers the seam. Matilda has a plain brim; Tillie has a shaped brim with a knit-in hem, which can be worn with the narrow edge at the back (allowing for jacket and coat collars) or at the side for retro flair.
Printed-on-paper patterns are not available at this time.
Substitute yarns: You may substitute a heavy worsted/aran weight yarn on the sturdy end of the yarn spectrum such as Vermont Organic Fiber Co. "
A note on gauge: Peace Fleece comes in solid, flecked, and heathered versions, which may be slightly different thicknesses, so do check your gauge and change needle sizes if necessary. The pattern is worked at a tighter than usual gauge to get a fairly dense, slightly stiffer fabric. If this is hard on your hands, be sure to take time out to rest and stretch your hands and arms!
! If you'd like to start one, please feel free to!
Corrections to the Tillie brim instructions:
begin decreases Row 4 should begin: sl1, p2, sl marker, inc 1 begin increases: Row 2 should begin: sl 1, p2, sl marker Rows 26-33 (30-39, 34-45) should read: repeat rows 24 and 25 (28 and 29, 32 and 33) [note that the chart is correct; the written instructions were incorrect] For size X-SMALL (SMALL), row 34 should read: repeat row 24
Corrections to the Matilda and Tillie brim instructions:
row count for both brims should be Total brim rows: 132 (156, 168, 180, 192, 204) Not an error, but but an omission:
Closing the gap at the top of the crown:
The cast-on will leave a small hole at the top. After knitting the crown, thread the tail of the cast-on through the cast-on stitches and pull tight to close the hole. Weave in the end.
If you purchased the pattern as a download, you were sent an email with the corrected pages as a link or as an attachment. If you did not get an email/purchased a printed pattern through a shop, please email me so that I may send you the corrected pages.