Dear Jane

Dear Jane 2012 1

Spring has sprung here in the Bay Area, as you can see by my delphiniums above! And I’m celebrating with a long delayed release – Dear Jane is back! I originally designed this hat for now defunct Sanguine Gryphon, and the yarn I got to use, Codex, was and is one of my favorites ever. Sadly, when the Sanguine Gryphon dissolved, Codex went with it. I went on a crazy buying spree in the weeks before the company closed its doors, but while I may have a supply of Codex for some time to come, it seemed wrong to release the pattern with a yarn so nearly impossible to obtain.

Dear Jane was designed with Codex in mind, and as it was a unique yarn, I wanted to find something that could live up to its shine, drape, and strength. There are a lot of single ply merino/silk blends out there, but Codex was a BFL/silk blend, and the longer fibers of the BFL lent it a strength that you just won’t get in a similar merino yarn. Enter Slick. As you probably know if you’ve read this blog in the past, I’m a huge fan of local-to-me A Verb for Keeping Warm. And Verb introduced their own BFL/silk blend last year. It’s a multi-ply yarn with a slightly different weight than Codex, but if anything could work in its stead, I figured Slick was the yarn.

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I chose Thai Iced Tea as the color. Man, I love that color on every single Verb base. It comes out slightly differently on base to base and from time to time, and I have yet to see an iteration that I don’t love entirely. The yarn was a delight to knit with, and I think it has just the right amount of drape that is needed for this sort of turban-hat. The new pattern includes a small photo tutorial about how to thread the ribbons through the eyelet holes. For cost reasons, I tried to keep both sizes down to one skein of yarn, but it’s easy to adjust ribbon length or the amount of slouch up top to use the amount you want to use.

If you previously purchased Dear Jane through The Sanguine Gryphon and would like an updated copy of this pattern, please send an email and let me know.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a female knitter must in all likelihood have a weakness for Jane Austen. When contemplating a literary design, Jane Fairfax of Emma sprang to mind. The name Dear Jane refers both to Jane’s introduction through her letters to her aunt and to the way she is clearly perceived by her author. The Dear Jane hat is modeled on fashionable Regency turbans, part of a trend in which the far reaches of the British Empire were treated as both exotic and tame. Ladies’ turbans were ubiquitous, fashionable, and seemed rather daring to their wearers. What looked like a turban was really a hat, sewn into shape and prêt-à-porter. Dear Jane is similarly easy to wear. The unusual construction results in a hat you can pull on and style in a variety of different ways just by tightening or loosening the ribbons. Perfect for a girl who can use a little romantic spice in her life!

This hat has a very unusual construction in that you begin with a long ribbon knit in Tunisian rib, then pick up the brim stitches from the center of the ribbon before joining to knit in the round. The dangling ribbon ends are eventually woven through the large eyelets placed at strategic points along the hat body. The ribbon can be woven through in a large mock cable as directed, or straight, if so desired, and it can be used to adjust the shape of the hat as well by pulling tight or leaving loose. Crown length is given as slouchy, but can easily be adjusted for desired style and length. The new version of the pattern includes a small photo tutorial for how to thread the knitted ribbon through the hat.

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SIZES
Adult S/M (20-21 inches), Adult L (22-23 inches)
17 (19) inches at brim

MATERIALS

  • 1 (1) skein A Verb for Keeping Warm Slick (70% Superwash Blue-faced Leicester, 30% Silk; 240 yds per 4oz skein); shown in Thai Iced Tea. Note: One skein may cut it close for size L, so it would be wise to purchase a second skein for insurance.
  • U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) needles
  • U.S. size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needle
  • 1 set U.S. size 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • 3 split stitch markers OR waste yarn
  • start of round marker
  • tapestry needle

GAUGE
19 sts/29 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st on size 6 needles

Buy it now for U.S. $5.00

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3 Responses to “Dear Jane”

  1. Charlie Says:

    It looks beautiful. I’m lucky enough toi be in England at the moment, and you are right, it does have that British look-although I doubt I will see something like this just out on the streets (unless someone got hold of your pattern). The colour is sublime!

  2. Robin Says:

    Wow, this hat is really cool and very creative! And I admit to having been a Jane Austen fan for a very long time as well. 🙂

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