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My Second Hutchin.

Yarn: Drops Fabel #113 ruby red
Needles: 2.5mm and 3.0mm

I really liked the first Hutchin hat I knitted a short while ago, but the hat didn't really turn out the way it looked in the Brooklyn Tweed photos. Mine was a tad too big for me and instead of being a smallish beanie like it was supposed to be, it turned out to be a very loose slouch. The fact that I knitted it with cotton yarn didn't really help either since it only stretches the more I use it. I like the first Hutchin despite these shortcomings and I've used it a lot, but I still wanted to knit another one to get the kind of hat I wanted to begin with.

This time I used the rest of the ruby red Drops Fabel (leftover from the Stricken socks) and went down with the needle sizes. I started the ribbing with 2.5mm needles, skipped the part about the tubular cast on (I didn't really like the look of it the last time) and did a long tail cast on instead. I changed for 3.0 mm needles when I reached the cabled part. I was a bit unsure whether the 3.0 mm (US #2.5) needles would be good or too small since the original pattern called for size 4.0 mm (US #6), but I came to the conclusion that it's easier to try and stretch out a hat that is slightly too small than to end up with yet another one that is too big and try to shrink it just the right amount. However, my worried were unnecessary, 3.0 mm was the perfect size.


  1. I like your hat, but oh my goodness that sweater! It is gorgeous and amazing! Is there a pattern for it somewhere or is it store bought? I am a new blog reader of yours by the way and I just love it! Your writing and projects are very interesting to me.

    1. Hi! I'm sad to tell you there is no pattern for the cardigan. I have knitted it myself a few (five?) years ago. BUT there have been a lot of questions about it every time I have worn it so I could try to re-trace my steps and write some notes down so you could be able to replicate one.


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