Florence

ABOUT

So - you're in love with all those gorgeous skeins of breed-specific yarns - and curious about how they'll knit up. Fresh and structural, Florence is ideal for fibers with deep stitch definition, lots of bounce, and some grip.

In sport-weight yarn, this cap keeps its shape and keeps you warm - but not so warm that you can't wear it inside. Tuck it under your hoodie while you're on the go, pile your day-two hair into and be done with it, or slip it under your bike helmet to just take the edge off the cold.

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"Florence is a beautifully designed hat that is engaging to knit. The pattern is easy enough to remember and find your place making it a great project for travel, but also keeps your interest. It is easy enough for beginners, but I greatly enjoyed it as an intermediate knitter, as well. It fits well and has several size options. The decreases for the crown are very well thought out."

 

- Rachel

"Sleek, slim fitting enough for wear under rain jacket hoods without overheating."

- Lisa

CONSTRUCTION

Florence is worked in the round from the brim up. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions for a tubular cast-on use waste yarn, or use a stretchy cast-on of your choice. 

"This hat is the next step up for an adventurous beginner knitter and very fun to make. For me, the Tubular Cast On was new but well explained and therefore a success. If you do get stuck Jennifer is easily reachable to help you out which is always a plus. I loved stitching it up, I admire the crown shape and I enjoy wearing it."

- Marieke

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SIZES

Florence is designed to be worn with 1 - 2 inches / 2.5 -5 cm of negative ease.

A (B, C, D, E, F)

Finished circumference: 11.5 (13.5, 15.5, 17.75, 19.75, 21.75) inches / 28.5 (33.5, 39, 44, 49.5, 54.5) cm

 

​Cap is shown in size E with 1" / 2.5 cm of negative ease. 

TECHNIQUES

  • Working directional decreases 

  • Working a tubular cast-on (optional) 

  • Reading your knitting (recognizing a knit and a purl on the needle)

GAUGE

27 sts and 42 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in Grid Stitch with size A needles, worked in the round and steam-blocked.

YARN

Wool & Palette 3-ply Sport

100% non-superwash Merino/Rambouillet; 312 yards per 100g skein

Hand-dyed with natural dyes, this is a true sport-weight yarn with a very subtle tonality that lends depth to the stitch texture. The yarn is dense and bouncy with crisp, deep stitch definition. This yarn has a micron count of 20-21, which means most wearers will be very comfortable wearing it next to the skin.

90 (120, 160, 210, 250, 295) yds / 80 (110, 150, 190, 230, 270) m; 1 skein

I've used Nectar, an earthy tangerine-blush dyed with madder, and Coffee, a rich tonal brown dyed with walnuts.

To learn more about non-superwash yarns and micron counts, watch the replay of Choosing, Knitting and Wearing Nonsuperwash Yarns.

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MATERIALS

Notions

  • 6 Stitch markers, plus one unique marker for the beginning of the round.

  • Tapestry needle 

  • Smooth waste yarn in contrasting color for the tubular cast-on (optional)

Needles

Size A: US size 3 / 3.25 mm or as needed to obtain gauge, circular needle 9 (9, 12, 12, 12, 16) inches / 23 (23, 30, 30, 30, 40) cm and four double-pointed needles.


Size B: US size 2 / 2.75 mm or as needed to obtain gauge, circular needle 9 (9, 12, 12, 12, 16) inches / 23 (23, 30, 30, 30, 40) cm.
 

CREDITS

Note, some tester links lead to Ravelry pages.

Testers: Amanda, Kim (Ravelry), Marieke, Lisa (Ravelry), Rachel, Asli, Anne, Teresa

Yarn: Wool & Palette

Tech edit: Heather Storta

Photography: Hypnotic Imagery, LLC