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Designer Spotlight: Lady Edith Hat by by Jamie Rathbone

After 30 years of crocheting off and on, Jamie Rathbone developed a bit of a fiber obsession. She learned to knit and has started experimenting with spinning, dyeing and weaving, too!

Jamie designed the Lady Edith Hat after a friend showed her a picture and asked if she could make something similar. She started with a cable headband knit flat and seamed, then picked up stitches along the top edge for the crown. The sample features a slouchy style, but the instructions explain where you can stop for a more fitted look. Jamie’s design became so popular, her local yarn shop asked her to teach a knitting class for the pattern using Berroco Inca Tweed.

Lady Edith Hat by Jamie Rathbone
Lady Edith Hat by Jamie Rathbone

Is there a story behind the name for this pattern?

The name of the hat was inspired by the Downton Abbey TV series. I thought the design had a kind of 20s feel to it. I named it after Edith, the middle sister on the show, because I feel like she often gets the short end of the stick and deserved something named for her.

How did you decide on the yarn?

My LYS starting carrying Berroco Inca Tweed this past fall and I just fell in love with it. The colors and the texture were both so great. When the owner suggested the hat class, I knew right away that was the yarn I wanted to use.

If you could knit something for anyone in the world, it would be…?

My older daughter is a huge Doctor Who fan. I would love to have the patience to knit her the fourth doctor’s 12 ft. long scarf.

What’s your favorite thing about knitting/crocheting? 

That’s hard to answer because there’s so many! I love how peaceful it is for me. It’s my go-to destresser. It’s so creative and there’s almost no end to what you can do with it. I can take it almost anywhere and work in a project.

Do you have a cool design you want to share? Or did you recently finish a project with Berroco yarn? You can email Ashley: or post it to the Berroco Lovers forum in Ravelry.

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