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Amber's Fritillaria Hat



Fritillaria by Amber Platzer Corcoran

Size 2 (adult hat)

Materials: 4 balls (1 each of 4 colors) Wooldreamers Cautiva in colors C.Blanco Natural, C.114G, C.718G, C.912

The Fritillaria hat is the perfect introduction to intarsia knitting for those who are new to this knitting technique. It is worked flat, the simplest way to accomplish intarsia knitting, and seamed, to create a classic ribbed beanie with a geometric color-blocked twist. Worked in four colors, the Fritillaria can be a vibrant mix of hues or toned down in neutrals. The generous folded brim keeps ears warm and toasty. The springy-soft Cautiva wool is a sustainable 100% Spanish yarn that celebrates and supports small wool producers and native breeds in that region.



With four balls of Cautiva you will be able to get two hats, or you could choose to make a two color hat with just two balls, using one color for both Colors A and C, and a second color for both Colors B and D. If you use just two colors, you will need to wind each of your balls into two half-balls, so that you have one ball for each of the four color sections.

When the springy-soft Cautiva yarn showed up in my life, I was immediately inspired to create this hat pattern. The beautiful range of colors that Cautiva comes in and the 50g balls makes this yarn perfect for a multi-color project. The story behind this beautiful yarn is equally inspiring: Wooldreamers creates sustainable 100% Spanish yarns that celebrates and supports small wool producers and native breeds in that region. They are helping to reinvigorate a traditional industry that is so beneficial, both ecologically and economically, in Spain.



When I was dreaming up a project for this yarn, a bold colorblock hat came to mind, and I knew it would be the perfect project for a simple, beginner-friendly intarsia project. The hat is knit flat using a simple rib stitch, with easy to follow color changes. 



I’ve been dealing with some nerve issues in my hand and arm for a few years, so after a year-long knitting break, a simple, achievable project was the perfect re-entry. It was such a joy to knit again, and working with the springy Cautiva was a dream. It is so nice and easy on my hands. 

The finished hat had been in heavy rotation this spring. It’s light enough to be really versatile as the weather gets a little warmer, yet the generous folded brim has been plenty warm when a cold wind picks up. I hope you enjoy knitting this pattern as much as I enjoyed making it. Happy knitting!


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