I am pleased to show you my latest design: the Jodie hat.

This whimsical hat features colorful purl ridges and ear-flaps with duplicate-stitched hearts.

I had a hard time coming up with a name for this one.  Many of the names I like have either been used a lot on Ravelry (Lauren)  or don’t capture the spirit of the design (Wendy, the name of one of my dear friends).  But Jodie seemed to fit the bill here — it’s also a little wink to Jodie Foster, who I think is terrific.

One of the most exciting things about this design is that I created two how-to videos to accompany it:  one is on duplicate-stitching and the other is on knitting an applied i-cord.  These are easy techniques but they intimidate some knitters, so I created short videos to demonstrate how truly easy they are.  (You don’t need to purchase the pattern to see the videos.  They’re here and here.)

Another funny thing about this hat.  My husband confessed, “I’m not really wild about that design” and I got kind of insecure about whether it was at all cute.  But a few hours later, when I went to check on my daughter late at night, I found her sleeping in the hat!  So I grew confident that the design WAS cute and would appeal at least to kids.  🙂

Here’s the relevant pattern information:

Materials:

2 colors of worsted weight yarn.  I used Cascade 220 (color A – pink) & Knit Picks Swish (color B – red).

16” circular needle, size US 7 (4.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge (I am a loose knitter so I used size US 6) & additional needles for small-diameter knitting (DPNs, a second circular or a long Magic Loop needle).

Gauge:

5 stitches/inch in stockinette stitch.

Measurements:

Child-sized: 11.75” from point of ear flap to top of pom pom when measured flat; 7.75” from brim to top of pom pom.  Includes guidelines for sizing up or down.

I hope you like the Jodie hat.  It’s available here.

(Note:  The duplicate-stitching video would also be helpful to knitters of the Jake and Sammy hats.  The applied i-cord video would be helpful to knitters of the LuLu Kerchief.)

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