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A Whimsy - aka Empire

The designing frenzy continues here at TTL.  I have been lucky enough to have some beautiful yarns sent my way.  It's pretty hard to keep my hands off these temping hanks.  When Laura from Schaefer sent me a package that included the decadent Helene (50/50 Merino/Silk) I knew it had to be made into something meant to be worn close to the head, neck or face.  I considered scarves, cowls, berets & shawls, but nothing seemed right.  I finally decided it was time for a little whimsy in the form of a hat and so Empire was born.

Empire Draped on Chair

Empire is a little bit fun and a little bit fancy.  Swing your head and the tassel makes you want to dance.  The lusturousness of the Helene gives the hat subtle sophisitcation and adds definition to the herringbone stitch pattern.

Thanks to Mai and Julia for volunteering to test knit.  They both look adorable in their Empires.

Empire Modeled Back


One Size

Finished Measurements: 
16”  around at brim and 14.5” long, blocked to slightly open pattern.  The hat will stretch to fit a 21” head.  Adjust gauge to fit a larger head.


Schaefer Yarns Helene; 50% Merino/ 50% Cultivated Silk; 218 yards per 3.5 oz. skein.  1 Skein.

US 7/4.5mm you may use DPN’s or magic looped circulars depending on your preference.
Tapestry Needle
5 Place Markers
A piece of cardboard or small notebook 3.5”x 5.5”

22.5 sts=4”(10cm) in Empire pattern, blocked to slightly open pattern.

Price:  $6.00 US


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Love it! I was just thinking that the next logical step to berets and elongated beanies with some flop was something like this, but of course you put your wonderful touch on it to make it fun & sophisticated, both.

What a lovely hat. Well done! I love that there's no worry about the hat being long enough with this pattern. Must get some of that yarn now.

Ohhhh that is LOVELY. I adore the color and the style is killer cool. Thanks!!

That's so cute!

Very creative! The yarn is lovely. I love the color!

I really love the long floppy look. The other day a friend and I were talking about knitting a hat that goes on and on and on...like you can wrap yourself in it..
How cool!

It's so cute and perfectly named!

This is just the thing I was looking for for my hank of cognac Mal! Cast-on commences tonight. You are a rock star.

kirsten, you are so talented! i love this hat, and wow that chair is just so beautiful.

I love this hat, it's very Sans Culottes-esque!

What a fun hat!

GORGEOUS hat and even more gorgeous yarn!

I can definitely testify to this hat's awesomeness. I wear mine every day and it makes me SO HAPPY!

Cute! I love the stitch patterns you chose for this.

You have totally out done yourself with this one! I love it!

wow that is fabulous; however, I think there may be something wrong with your pattern to buy system as I keep getting a shopping cart with all your patterns listed with amounts from 3 to 11 to 17 items in the Quantity list and when I click paypal link I get a message saying 'you cant do that'. I will try to purchase via Ravelry.

All your hats are awesome. I am so in trouble. I only have one head.

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