The Alina hat

An oldie but goodie of mine, the Alina hat, (it goes back to 2012) has been thoroughly revised, rewritten, charted, photographed – and translated so it is now available in Danish and English. This hat was one of my very first publications, and it is, in my humble opinion, still a great go-to knit, easy and classic.

Alina hat by Nostalgiknit
The Alina hat version 2020

Advanced beginner's knit project

I originally made this as a slouchier beanie version but found that the classic fit was a better solution for the renewed version – see picture of pink hat. The green hat pictured is the original, also made in a now discontinued base from Eden Cottage Yarns that was fuzzier and coarser than the Bowland DK that was used for the pink version; a yarn base that I have used for many of my knits over the years.

Yarn choice: I recommend a DK weight yarn for this hat, or, alternatively, two strands of 4-ply or sport weight if you want to play more with texture. Hand-dyed with slight color variations will definitely work for this pattern without conflicting too much with the cable design, see green version. Also, tweedy yarns will work, but the darker and "tweedier" the yarn, the more conflicting with the pattern details, see picture of dark gray version knitted up in a wool/hemp tweed blend.

Experience: Advanced beginner. This is a quick knit for the experienced knitter, yet it contains a few extra elements such as twisted ribbing and increasing inside cable-work to keep you engaged. However, all instructions are clearly written out and pattern is charted, so you will definitely be able to follow along if you're an adventurous beginner.

Alina hat by Nostalgiknit
Old version of Alina hat, slightly slouchier than renewed pattern

Sizing: Comes in two sizes for the medium-sized and larger-sized head, circumference of either 20½-22 (22½-24) inches or 52-56 (57-61) cm respectively to fit an average women's or men's head circumference. Be mindful of your gauge, however, especially if you're experimenting with mixing different strands of yarns. Recommended gauge for the listed sizing is 26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches/10 cm measured on blocked stockinette stitch.

Why revision?

I started making knitting pattern years ago, and as the years have gone by, my taste in clothing and my general knitting preferences and detailing have, of course, changed. Still, some of my older patterns I feel it is fun to revisit and to improve on the pattern instructions and some of the knitting, too. Firstly, because I actually still do like the general design ideas of some of my older pieces, but perhaps I feel as if some of the techniques could be better explained, and secondly, because often another yarn base or color can so easily renew the general look and style of a particular item.

Alina hat by Nostalgiknit
Alina hat knit in hemp/wool tweed

Available for download

Pattern is 30 DKK (roughly 5 USD/4 GBP/EUR) and is available via Ravelry. Best of luck with your fall knitting, and don't forget to tag @nostalgiknit when you feature your finished knits on social media. Can't wait to see which beautiful Alina hats you create. Head over to Eden Cottage Yarns' Facebook or Insta profiles to get up to date on their color updates for Bowland DK or many other of their yarn bases.

Take care!

– Katja, Nostalgiknit

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