Regina the Fourth

OK, so I know I promised you more Christmas presents, but I haven’t managed to get adequate photos of them yet. So instead, I wore a wool hat and scarf in 35C+ degree heat to take photos of this project. It’s a hard-knock life, guys.

A woman wears a red cloche and white scarf.
Scarf is Trellis Scarf by Purl Bee, knitted in white Ton of Wool cormo which is unfortunately discontinued. Lipstick is Kate Moss for Rimmel #10, for any other diehard lippie fans.

This hat is my Regina the Fourth, named as such as this is the fourth hat pattern I’ve made from this yarn (not counting all the hats of the same pattern knit and reknit cos I chose the wrong size). It started as a Verity, which was immediately ripped and knit into a Cloche Divine, then Ripley, and now Carina Spencer’s free Regina pattern.

A woman wears a red cloche with turned up brim, grey jumper and red necklace.
This is the Cloche Divine which I made with this yarn and immediately ripped back. It looks ok in this photo, but in real life, it looked more like a giant alien had landed on my head.

I have a hat problem! Namely, that my fat head looks good in very few hat styles, and sometimes it is just a matter of trial and error until I find a pattern that suits. I honestly don’t mind ripping back and reknitting until I get it right. The repetitive click click of the needles, the yarn forming endless loops and my hands repeating the same simple movements over and over again is soothing to me. Ripping back is just another pleasing rhythmic motion which forms part of the process of knitting.

So, this pattern. I wish I had paid more attention to it before now, as it is very cleverly written. It is more a recipe than a strict pattern, as you knit to measurements, meaning you can make the hat from pretty much any size yarn or gauge. The ribbed band is knit first, with a loop at one end and the other. Stitches are picked up from the band, increased, then the body of the hat knit in a fairly standard style.

A woman wears a red cloche and white scarf.

The result is a cloche incorporating art deco elements, which seems to look good on pretty much everyone who has made it (see the Ravelry project page for proof). You can knit it as slouchy or as close-fitting as you like.

For my hat, I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, which was bought at an incredible garage sale around the corner from my house, where they were selling ex-shop stock at ridiculously low prices. I bought over $1000 worth of yarn for $200, and just wish I had bought more! Although this should be a delicate yarn, being made of merino and cashmere, it has withstood an incredible amount of knitting and ripping with aplomb (possibly due to the manmade content). I highly recommend it, as it makes an unbelievably soft and sturdy finished fabric, with excellent stitch definition.

For those interested in the technical details, I allowed 1″ of negative ease in the brim, picked up 58 stitches, and increased to 85 (i.e. slightly under the 50% increase stated), then knitted the hat 6.5″ deep before decreases. If you are confused by the pattern which call for a 50% increase in stitches, all you do is multiply the original stitch count by 1.5 to get your new stitch requirement. For example, 58 x 1.5 = 87, which I rounded down to 85 to allow for the 5 stitch pattern repeat. Knitting and maths, how I love thee.

A woman wears a red cloche and white scarf.

This is an excellent hat pattern – well-written and fun to adapt to all different shapes and sizes. Although it was a long journey to get the perfect hat pattern, the Regina is certainly worth it!

 

The deets:
Pattern: Regina by Carina Spencer
Pattern details: Regina is an Art Deco inspired hat with a little slouch and a lot of style. It is knit in one piece from brim to crown and made to size as you go – no gauge swatching allowed! Don’t let the reverse stockinette scare you either. After the brim this hat is knit inside out in the round to keep the purling to a minimum. Pattern is suitable for an advanced beginner and accommodates a range of yarn from DK-chunky, so pick your favorite and cast on! Free pattern download.
Yarn: 1.32 skeins / 118.3 meters / 129.4 yards / 66 grams Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in 300609 red
Needles: 4mm for brim, 5mm for body of hat
Mods: Knit 22.5″ brim for 21.5″ head circumference. Picked up 58 sts with 5mm needle (rather than 4mm) and increased to 87. Knit body 6.5″ deep.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

18 thoughts on “Regina the Fourth”

  1. This hat looks gorgeous on you! And what a deal on the yarn. I agree that the unraveling doesn’t bother me either – for me I like knitting for the process almost more than for the finished product (which is opposite for me in sewing!).

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  2. I’m in awe of your content with unraveling. Maybe it’s because I knit so slowly, I always feel this inner voice yelling, “Nooooooo”, as I unravel.

    I’m right now working on a sock (I will master socks in 2017, I tell you), and I had to unravel twice. Third time’s a charm (I hope). If this doesn’t take, I’m going to try and sew a sock! Apparently with knit fabric you can do it, and it’s supposed to work pretty well.

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      1. Hahaha thank you! Don’t worry, I still approve comments without a compliment…for now 😉

        I feel like I jinxed myself with this post, because I just had to rip out a cardigan and it was NOT FUN. I usually don’t mind ripping top-down garments, but this was bottom-up so I had to rip out about 10″ of knitting with a 100-200 stitch count, plus knitted-in pockets. Gah!

        Good luck with your socks! I gave up on them, not because I dislike knitting them, but because it is never really cold enough here to wear woollen socks. I find the two-at-a-time toe up on magic loop the easiest way, but everyone has their favourite method.

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    1. Thanks! You should absolutely give this pattern a try – you can make it with nearly any yarn weight, so it is perfect for those odd skeins of yarn hanging around the house.

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  3. Regina the Fourth hits the spot and oh my goodness you look like a 20/30s Starlet, so darned cool in that hat……well I suppose not cool in one sense, as its really rather hot in your neck of the woods, unlike where I am, gale force winds and expecting snow…..but seriously, you suit that look and the lippy!!

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    1. Oh that is so sweet of you ! Thank you! I love the fashion of the 20s and 30s, especially the turbans and scarves they wore on their heads. Let’s hope your gale force winds and snow lets up, and it stays not-too-hot here!

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