When I first wrote my book on WWII knitting last year (can you believe its only been a year?!) I fell in love with one pattern. A pattern that I wanted to make again and again and again. I was OBSESSED. What was it?

The Watchman’s Cap.

Yup, the simple and subtle watchman’s cap. Nothing entirely too special but nothing entirely too plain. They had a specific use that was both utilitarian and stylish. When I was approached by Harrisville Designs to design a collection of patterns with their new yarn, WATERshed, I knew that a Watchman’s Cap needed to be at least on of the patterns.

So, Olenska was born:

For all of you hat lovers that just cannot go any longer without getting this on your needles…you can pick up the pattern here!

Olenska is a pretty straight forward construction. Worked in the round from the bottom up, the ribbing lets the yarn really show off. WATERshed is this amazing wool spun yarn that is beautifully rustic and hearty while at the same time being soft (once blocked) and great for next to skin projects. Not to mention the colors…each and every color of the yarn is super heathered and ultra-tweedy! It is just amazing.

Okay…back to the hat.

Olenska is really a great hat for that one skein of yarn. If you want to try WATERshed out, but don’t want to commit to a sweater, this is that pattern. It uses just about 100yds of yarn and can be lengthened or shortened very simply. Just keep going until you want to decrease for the crown, and because that shaping is quite abrupt, you only need 10 or so yds to do the crown!

Here is a little more info:

Finished Measurements
20 in. circumference (will stretch to fit up to a 25 in. head)

Needles & Notions
US 8 (5.0mm) 16 in. Circular Knitting Needles
Tapestry Needle, Stitch Markers

4 sts = 1in./2.5cm in St st.

50g of Worsted Weight Yarn
100yds/90m total

Sample Shown in:
Harrisville Designs
Color – Penstock
(100% Wool, 110yds per 50g skein)

K – Knit
P – Purl
RS – Right Side
PM – Place Marker
Rnd – Round
St(s) – Stitch(s)
K2tog – Knit 2 together
CO – Cast On
BO – Bind Off

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