I'm not normally a fluffy yarn kind of gal, but when we got the St Magnus DK made from Orkney Isle Angora rabbits in two fantastic tones of peach, I knew I needed to make a hat with it! As a pattern designer, I love making samples of my own patterns in a broad variety of yarn and knew the St Magnus would be great in my Komorebi hat pattern.
Pattern: Komorebi Hat by Katy Osterwald
Materials: 2 skeins of St Magnus DK- shown in Scarlet and Peach, 1 Toft 100% Alpaca Pom
St Magnus is the perfect blend of fluffy, but not too fluffy. It has a nice tight ply which helps keep the fluff from shedding too much, and it is also uber soft and lightweight! Produced in the UK, the angora fiber is responsibly-sourced, and the dyeing and winding factory uses earth-friendly wind power.
I designed the Komorebi hat to be the perfect combo of slouch with texture. To get the slouch just right, you knit the bottom on a smaller needle size than the top, so you have a tighter band of fabric that blooms out into the slouch at the back. The knit-in-the-stitch-below texture is super easy, and it creates a waffle stitch effect that traps heat and keeps you cozy.
Let's talk about one of my favorite things—color! You can play with color a ton with this pattern. Alternating colors each row in the texture stitch on Komorebi gives you a wonderful two-tone effect. You can knit the whole hat in a solid color, or you can alternate colors thusly, or you can do what I've done and work a stripe of solid, a stripe of alternating, and a stripe of solid in the second color for a fun gradient effect. There are so many great colors in the St Magnus palette to pair up together, go crazy!
A fluffy hat needed the perfect pom-pom, and our new alpaca pom poms from Toft seemed the perfect match. I chose the biggest, fluffiest one we had! The poms are sourced from Peruvian farmers with naturally-deceased alpacas, so they help support economically-challenged farmers after the loss of an animal.
I'm going to wear this hat all winter, it's super warm and feels like I'm wearing a cloud on my head. It's perfect for enjoying some hot tea in!
I'll be running a knit-along for Komorebi next month on my Instagram starting Nov 15th, pick up some St Magnus or another DK yarn from Fancy Tiger and join the fun