At H+W, we’re all about the beanie hat. Ryder by Sarah Shepherd is the perfect lightweight colorwork beanie made for cold winter days through to the spring thaw. We adore the high contrast raven, fawn, and mustard version, but also have a thing for the sweet low contrast version in ash, fawn, and cabernet. We can’t wait to see what colors people pair for this M.C. Escher-inspired motif!
Type: Printed Pattern (8.5" x 5.5" booklet)
Designer: Sarah Shepherd
Skill Level: 3 out of 5
Yarn: Hudson + West Co. Weld (70% US Merino / 30% US Corriedale; 200 yds [183 m]; 1.76 oz. [50g]): C1 raven (black), C2 mustard (ochre yellow), C3 fawn (natural oatmeal), 1 skein each color.
1 (2, 3, 4); 15.75 (18, 19.25, 20.5)” / 40 (45.5, 49, 52) cm finished hat circumference above rib. Hat shown measures 19.25” / 49 cm.
Size A (for colorwork): US 5 / 3.75 mm
Size B (for ribbing): US 2.5 / 3 mm
Size C (for tubular cast on): US 2 / 2.75 mm
All sizes: 32” / 80 cm circ needle, or 16” / 40.5 cm circ and one set of DPNs, per knitter preference.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Tapestry needle; stitch markers; waste yarn (optional) for tubular cast on; pompom maker (optional).
26.5 sts and 26.5 rnds = 4” / 10 cm over Chart A on Size A needle after blocking.
28.5 sts and 37.5 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in 1x1 Ribbing on Size B needle after blocking (unstretched).
Decreasing; tubular cast on (optional); working in the round; stranded colorwork; pompom making (optional).
About the Designer
Sarah Shepherd is a New Zealander who works as a costume textile designer. With a degree in Civil Engineering, she loves how knitwear design is a happy marriage of logic and whimsy. She enjoys balancing aesthetics with structure and technique. Find her at www.sarahshepherd.com, and on Instagram at @sarahshepherdmakes.