project feature: pequod

My beautiful sister in her finished top!
Lion Brand Jeans yarn in Vintage

You’ve probably seen this hat all over my feed recently, so it should be no surprise that my project feature this month is Pequod! This is my first pattern release, as well as the first pattern I’ve written that was more than an “improv knit.” Pequod is a double brim beanie in moss stitch, with two decrease sections to create a bubble effect on top. It took me about three months to get this hat right, because I started with a yarn that created a more structured fabric than I wanted, and without the right needles. Then I got my hands on a pair of Lykke 16” circulars, and my life changed! Or, at least, the pattern did. I also changed to a lighter yarn that was able to keep its shape, but still had some movement to it. I ended up using Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn in the colorway Great Smoky Mountains.

I went through the pattern testing process for the first time as a designer, and it absolutely boosted my confidence to see the beautiful projects in our group chat. Each of my pattern testers had incredibly useful feedback, and I don’t think I could have gotten a better group for my first pattern! I know I’ve thanked all of you testers tons of times but here’s one more: thank you. Thank you also to my boyfriend and my sisters for trying on multiple versions of this hat before it ever made it to pattern testers - I’m sorry for messing up your hair every 20 minutes!

Since finishing Pequod, I have a ton of other ideas for designs floating around in my head. I’ve already finished two new hats, Lenore and Faber, and am now working on a wrap design that would coordinate with Pequod, and make a great gift set!

Pequod is now available in my shop as a knitting pattern and a finished object ready to ship.

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