New Pattern: Olivia Hat

Written by Sarah on April 8th, 2013 Posted in FO, hat, knits, life, photos

Last month I got the urge to design a hat pattern. I don’t know what came over me but I wanted to work something up and go for it. I had grand dreams of writing up my sock patterns and sizing them and releasing them properly, too. (That didn’t happen but never say never.) I immediately went out and bought yarn and I worked on for a weekend, basically non-stop. And although that doesn’t sound like enough time to spend on a new design, I was pleased with the result. Francesca was nice enough to give it a whirl and here it is!



This is my first hat pattern! It’s a chunky, whimsical design with a folded brim and bobbles. I hear that chunky knit hats are going to be a big deal next winter. The Purl Soho Super Soft Merino comes in colors that are perfect for spring, too, or for cheering up a dreary winter. Pom poms are optional but I made one from some stashed Tosh Merino.

olivia 2


I’ve actually been nervous to release this. That anxious voice in the back of my head thinks that everyone will hate it (it almost feels like something a kid would wear but my old roommate said that I dress like Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine) or no one will want to sit next to me in the cafeteria. That being said, I’ve been tired of knitting my own patterns and not putting them out there for others. Just like my hand warmer pattern (and another upcoming project for Kollabora!), it’s a fun challenge taking the barely legible doodles and notes that are good enough for me and refining them so that others can follow them and not think that I’m crazy.

Other than that, I’ve been wearing this hat since I made it and I really love it. It is pretty much made of happiness.

You can purchase the Olivia Hat pattern here on Ravelry. I’d love to hear what you think about it and see your version.

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Comments (5)

  • April 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm |

    Super cute! I’m not a huge bobble fan, but in moderation and combined with the pompom you make it work!

    • April 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm |

      Thanks! I am not really into bobbles myself. I think they can work when you use them well!

  • Mom
    April 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm |

    What a great hat – and I love the color! (And the model’s pretty cute, too… 🙂

  • April 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm |

    Discussions like this about a new pattern are a good a way to promote and expand the topic. Great information and reference! Thank you for the info Sarah.

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