Knit the Look: Natalie Joos’ charcoal cap

Knit the Look: Natalie Joos' charcoal cap

I find Tales of Endearment blogger Natalie Joos impossibly adorable, but this also happens to be one of my all-time favorite photos from Vanessa’s blog — Natalie in a subdued-yet-rule-breaking, season-spanning combo of a white skirt, incredible wool toggle coat and charcoal grey beanie. It’s an outfit that says she sees the light of Spring at the end of Winter’s tunnel. But mostly I just really love that hat. Neither of the two photos tells us anything concrete about what’s actually going on with it, knitwise, other than that it’s a bulky yarn knitted with a bit of purl texture on the body. I’m thinking all we’d need do to get the same effect is tamper with Audrey’s stitch counts and knit it in Quince and Co’s Puffin in Kittywake.

And now that I’ve typed that, I won’t be able to avoid doing it.


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Street style photo © Vanessa Jackman; used with permission

13 thoughts on “Knit the Look: Natalie Joos’ charcoal cap

  1. I’m working on the Orc Slayer hat, and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe then I’ll start another hat. No one can have too many, and they are a great give away when we see a child and a mom at the bus stop.

  2. Loved watching “How Pleats Are Made” on Natalie Joos! Which has nothing to do with hats. Ok, I can say I’m enjoying knitting up my Aubrey Hat!

  3. Love this. I spotted Natalie Joos on the subway in NYC last year. Did not say hi (it felt too weird to recognize someone from Instagram alone!) but she looked even cooler in person.

  4. Always have trouble converting a pattern for a heavier yarn. How many stitches do you think I should cast on of using Puffin? Thank you

    • Only a swatch can tell you. Figure out what you want the circumference of the hat to be. Then knit at least a 4-inch swatch in the stitch pattern and measure your stitches per inch. Multiply that by your desired circumference and that’s your stitch count — adjusting, in this case, to the nearest multiple of twelve, since the pattern is a 12-stitch repeat.

      I think the conventional wisdom is that a hat should be 90% of your head measurement, but it’s up to your personal preference and what the stitch pattern requires.

      And of course you’ll also knit fewer vertical repeats and rounds since your row gauge will be bigger than the pattern gauge.

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