When I first opened Amy’s book, New American Knits, I fell in love with the Van Der Zee Cloche immediately. I quickly added it to my queue on Ravelry and anxiously waited for the time to knit it. Although the yarn Amy used in her book is beautiful, I chose Berroco Abode in color #8802 (pattern requires 2 skeins) for my hat. Abode is perfect for the pattern! It has beautiful color variation and is incredibly soft, made of 100% merino wool.
The pattern is clearly written and easy to follow. Because I used a different yarn, I had to make just a few adjustments, which I’ve shared below.
Notes for knitting Van Der Zee Cloche in Abode:
I used a size US 6, 16″ circular needle and cast on 78 stitches. I worked in the pattern stitch for 6″ and 2 rounds. Then I skipped Dec Rnd 1 and began decreasing with Dec Rnd 2. From there, I followed the pattern exactly and the hat fit me beautifully – just right to keep my head and ears warm.
In my opinion the hardest part is assembling the leaves, just because there are so many arrangements you could make! I choose to arrange my leaves as shown in the book, because that’s what I fell in love with from the beginning.
As suggested in the instructions, I arranged my leaves in groups of three.
Winter won’t be so bad with my cute new hat!
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