The patterns used in the West at Heart Hat and the accompanying mittens are derived from traditional stranded work motifs. My maternal grandmother was raised in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and there’s a part of me that has a great affinity for the American West. You might say that I am very much “west at heart.”
West at Heart Hat
Finished size: 20 in. (50.8 cm) around base, 8 in. (20.32 cm) bottom to top. (Note: Use larger needles for larger size.)
Gauge – unblocked: 5 sts/8 rnds = 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Yarn - Wyoming Series Cody – Mountain MerinoTM Sport, 2-ply, 200yd/50g,
1 skein of each color of chosen color combination: Color A/B – Sorrel/Sky (Fern/Pansy, Geranium/Sunflower, Natural/Pinecone).
Needles - US 3 (3.25 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm) needles for preferred method of working small circumferences (i.e. 2 circulars, Magic Loop, or double pointed needles).
Stitch markers, Tapestry needle, Small Scissors.
Note: It is possible to make both the West at Heart Hat and Mittens from 2 skeins of the suggested yarn (1 skein of each color) if the finished size indicated is appropriate for your needs, and you are very frugal with the yarn.