advice · emily explains · instructions · knitting · make this · visit our website · yarn

Emily Explains: How to Assemble Orpheus

There is a chill in the air today that has me desperately searching for my cozy fall sweaters and scarves. I’m already searching for a hat pattern to cast on my needles, too. Monday was “Make a Hat Day” so I’m already a little behind! I’m thinking a simple classic 2 x 2 rib hat for myself, but for those of you itching for a bit more funk and style, I’d suggest Orpheus! It is a seriously cool hat knit in Ultra Alpaca Chunky, designed by Norah.

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 10.00.08 AM

When Norah and I first sat down to discuss ideas for booklet #349, she presented a miniature mock up (about the size of a large strawberry) of the hat made of lined paper and a highlighter to indicate the stripes. I knew something curious and exciting would come of this, and no surprise the hat turned out just like the fabulous paper model!

It may sound complicated but it is actually pretty easy to knit and construct. It is just a striped rectangle that’s folded and seamed.


– measure 5″ up from bottom left corner and place marker

– measure 5″ to the left of the same corner and place marker

– fold between the two markers and sew button




– sew bound off edge to (highlighted) portion of left side edge

– this leaves an opening at the top



– sew opening closed



– turn the hat right side facing

– push in corner a bit, and gently sew in place


I hope this encourages you to give it a try.

Happy Making!


5 thoughts on “Emily Explains: How to Assemble Orpheus

    1. Hi Gale! This hat boggled my mind trying to illustrate the directions! Hopefully they will make sense when the knitting is in front of you : )

  1. Reblogged this on knitsabout and commented:
    Love this simple idea for a hat in warm lofty wools!
    An unexpected trip home in, ugh winter, has left me needing some new warm items. I am in love with baby alpaca and am happily knitting sideways gloves, maybe even some to gift for Christmas. Now for a hat that doesn’t make me look dorky, hope this one fits the bill😄.

Leave a Reply