We named this hat after our German Oma’s village of Lichtenberg. It was such a small village, it didn’t even have a bar! We used to spend our summers at our Oma’s house, and this is where we were able to indulge in our crafty endeavours. Our Oma was a master tailor and prolific sock-knitter; we had lots of her scrap fabric and yarn with which to play.
The stranded knitting pattern mimics the look of stockinette stitch, a pattern that, to me, is quintessentially German. The stitch pattern also resembles kernels of grain, whether wheat, rye, or barley. Grain (and potato!) fields surrounded our Oma’s rural village, and I quickly learned how to identify types of grains. The ripe barley was always a beautifully golden colour, similar to that used in this hat!
The Lichtenberg Hat pattern works best in a two colours of worsted weight yarn in differing values. Here, I used a natural white as the main colour, and a rich yellow as the contrast colour. To support Canadian yarn companies, I used yarn dyed by an indie dyer in Montreal. I’ve used Sweet Paprika yarn before, and I love their squishy yarns and beautiful colours. Here I used their worsted weight Andante yarn in the Natural and Harvest Moon colourways.
The foldover brim and the double layer of yarn in the colourwork ensures that the hat will be warm. The Lichtenberg Hat pattern includes multiple sizes, so there are directions to fit toddlers, children, and adults.
Find our Lichtenberg Hat pattern on Ravelry or Etsy.
Check out our other knitting patterns:
- Riyadh Hat and Cowl
- Tucson Hat
Check out our crochet patterns too:
- Berlin Hat
- Berlin Cowl
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