Otterbein Hat: A Pattern Update

The Otterbein Hat in olive green and silvery gray wool yarns.

Updating my old patterns

I’m continuing to update older patterns to my current pattern style and am really happy that the Otterbein Hat is ready for a re-release today.

I use a different template now so some of the changes may seem minor (like switching to my current fonts and font sizes), but I also think I have better abbreviations and definitions so think this is a good use of my knitting time. Also, full disclosure, while I have more hats than any person needs, there are certain hats I wear more than others. My personal Otterbein Hat was starting to looking a little bit worse for wear so I wanted to replace my hat.

If you previously purchased the Otterbein Hat on Ravelry, you should have received an email or Ravelry message letting you know you have an update. I have patterns available in more places than I used to so you can also purchase this pattern on Etsy or here on my website.

Fully Charted and Written Versions

The pattern now also includes instructions in both a charted and written instructions.

I love working from charts so the other item I’m adding to my older patterns (where appropriate) is charts.

The cabled crown of the Otterbein Hat

Yarn for Cabled Hats

Taking less than 160 yards of worsted weight wool, this is also a great hat if you’re looking for something gorgeous to do with a single skein of beautiful yarn. I enjoy buying single skeins of yarns to try out new-to-me brands and fibers. The green yarn used for the pictured hats is not new to me – it’s a Madelinetosh worsted weight wool (Madelinetosh yarns are always lovely to work with).

The silvery gray yarn is new to me and it’s Urth Yarn’s Harvest Worsted in mint. I’ve knit two pairs of socks out of Urth Yarn and absolutely love the colors and quality of their yarn. I made a quick stop at the Mermaid’s Purl ( a really beautiful local yarn store in Wickford, RI) and had to buy this yarn when I saw it.

I can’t say enough good things about this yarn. If I weren’t already working to update this pattern and looking to add another version of this hat to my collection, I would have had to pick another cabled pattern for this yarn. The subtle tonal quality is absolutely perfect for cables.

The Otterbein Hat in Urth Yarns Harvest Worsted.

Pattern Details

This is an intermediate knitting pattern and you’ll need to be able to knit and purl in the round, knit basic cables and twisted stitches, and decreasing by K2tog (knit two together), SSK (slip, slip, knit) and p2tog (purl two together).

To learn more about the pattern, please see the complete description on the pattern page here, on Ravelry, or on Etsy.

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Happy knitting,


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