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Emily Explains: Van Der Zee Cloche and a Giveaway!

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.

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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.

Sew leaves in groups of three.
Sew leaves down starting at the center back of the hat.
Add three more...
Add three more…
add three more…
I added my last three leaves on either side.
Me in my new hat : )

Winter won’t be so bad with my cute new hat!

Win a kit to knit your own Van Der Zee Cloche!


Enter: Tell us in the comments below…have you knit with Abode before?

Details: All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, Nov. 11. One winner will be picked at random and announced on the blog next Wednesday, Nov. 12. You must be 18 years old and a resident of the U.S. or Canada to win.

67 thoughts on “Emily Explains: Van Der Zee Cloche and a Giveaway!

  1. I haven’t knit with Abode before, but I love that green! It’s perfect for a holiday project I’m planning 🙂

  2. I have not had the opportunity to knit with Abode yet. I have used several other Berroco yarns, so I am sure I will like it! That is a lovely hat!

  3. No I have not, but the Adobe is on my wish list. The cloche is lovely. I make a lot of chemo caps, and I am sure that someone would love this.

  4. No, I haven’t – but you can’t go wrong with Berroco. Love this pattern and I can see myself using the leaves on a few other projects as well.

  5. Nope I’ve never knit with adobe. So far I’ve mostly knit for little kids so acrylic is a good choice for frequent washing. I would love to try something new.

  6. I’ve never used Adobe, but it’s one of those yarns I’ve always seen and thought, “If only I had the perfect project to justify the buy!” I think I’ve found that project.

  7. I’ve not used Adobe, however it is one of those yarns I’ve looked at in magazines and catalogs and thought, ‘If only I had the prefect project to justify the buy!’ And lo and behold this comes along.

  8. No, I haven’t knit with Abode before but would love the chance to try it. And what a lovely project to try it out on.

  9. I’ve never used it before (hadn’t even known about it, really), but it looks lovely! I like how the yarn is slightly uneven– it adds just the right touch of interest, I think.

  10. I haven’t, but it looks fantastic!
    It’s just getting to be fall here in California, so lovely yarns like this are calling to me…

  11. I’ve never knit with Abode. The cloche is classic and a wonderful throw back to the vintage movement that is emerging in fashion. I would love to wear this beauty with a really classic wool coat and a pair of boots to keep me warm in our VERY cold Canadian winters!

  12. No I haven’t but my LYS only recently started carrying Adobe and our weather in California has been so warm until today! I must make this pattern it’s gorgeous and I LOVE the texture of the Adobe. Now I’m thinking a sweater would be fantastic!

  13. Love the hat. Have not used this yarn. Love Berroco yarns. Would love to make this hat for my 3 granddaughters and 2 daughter in laws.

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