It has been said before that knitting is magic. We take a ball of yarn, wave some sticks around and transform it into a finished object. But the magic goes deeper than that. We have the power to think about comfort and love while knitting a prayer shawl or happiness and full futures while knitting a wedding vale. A baby sweater is filled with joy and the first day of school sweater with courage. I also have it on good authority that a cuss word here or there is part of the magic - they fill our finished objects with perseverance. I'm sure of it. Whether we create for ourselves or for others, we are working a special kind of magic when we knit. This hat honors the magical maker in all of us (and makes a darn tootin' adorable hat to wear in late October).


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Craft: Knitting

Suggested yarn: The Little Wolf Knits Opti, Knit Picks Brava, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, or Cascade Yarns Cascade 220

For the short and cute hat: 340, (400, 440) yards held double For the long and fancy hat: 380, (420, 600) yards held double

Yarn weight: Worsted (catagory 4)

Gauge: 14 stitches and 22 rows on 6mm/US 10 needles, stockinette stitch, knit in the round

Needlesand Notions: 16 inch 5mm/ US 8 circular needle, a second 16 inch circular needle that is 5mm/US 8 or smaller in diameter (for joining the brim), 16 inch 6mm/US 10 needles for your favorite method of going in the round (please see the note on construction below re methods of going in the round), 11(12, 13) stitch markers to mark increases and decreases, scrap yarn, 5mm/US H crochet hook, darning needle

Yardage: For the short and cute hat: 340, (400, 440) yards held double For the long and fancy hat: 380, (420, 600) yards held double

Sizes available: 

Cercumferance: 19 (21, 23) inches circumference to fit a child, small adult or large adult

short and cute 12.5, (13, 13.5) inches or long and fancy 18.5, (19, 19.5) inches


In regards to working in the round:
Each Salem Slouch requires a wide range of circumferences. This means it is helpful to either have lots of different length needles, use the magic loop method of going in the round, or use double pointed needles.

Salem Slouch