The clean shape of this classic slouchy cap is the perfect canvas for a beautiful ombre fabric. The marled gradient is formed by working with double- stranded yarn that alternates between 3 consecutive values of color. For a bold gradient effect, choose 3 colors that are equally spaced on the value scale (light, medium and dark), or for a more subtle shift choose three similar values that have subtle shifts in color.
In our brown sample we started with the lightest value so the hat darkens towards the crown; swapping color 1 and 3 will reverse the direction of the gradient. For all its simplicity, the results are truly enchanting as well as addicting (knitters at our headquarters are hooked!)
With three shades Loft yarn, you can knit the hat twice – reversing your gradient’s direction on your second sample – and still have three-quarters of a skein leftover in Color 2 for another project.
Designer: Michele Wang
Collection: Fall 2012
Slouchy Ombre Cap