An Orchid Hat for My Daughter

My daughter saw me working on the Frostfangs Hat  the other day, and asked if I would be able to make her a hat with orchids on it. I searched ravelry and didn’t see anything that fit her request, so I printed off some knitting graph paper I found via google, and sketched out a couple of orchids…


Then I dug through my stash and found some gray Cascade 220, and a bit of Esoteric Tosh DK. They were close to the same weight and looked good together, so I did a little math  – the orchids were each 20 stitches wide, and she wanted 4 of them around the brim, I put 5 stitches between each one, so that came out to a CO of 100 stitches. I used the long tail CO, and then worked a little over an inch in a K1TBL P1 rib.

Once the ribbing was complete, I did 3 rows in the round of knit stitch, then began the orchid chart, repeating it two times for each row. I carried the contrasting yarn behind, sometimes having to “tack” it up as the color repeats got a little long. I tend to tug those parts a bit tight, so I had to keep adjusting my tension, but in the end the orchids came out looking like orchids. After the orchid chart I knit 10 more rows in the round, then began decreasing the crown. It took me about 3 days to knit, working on it after work each day, so it went quick.

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She wanted it to be the style of hat she could wear perched on the back of her head, so I knit it somewhat shallow-er than I normally would. It fits her exactly like she wanted though, and she has barely taken it off since I gave it to her. That makes me happy.

It feels kind of cool to come up with an idea, do a sketch on some graph paper, and then create the idea into an actual knit item. It has definitely given me some confidence in pattern design – that maybe I could come up with some more fun ideas. Also, now my daughter has a unique, one-of-a-kind hat displaying her love of all things orchids. I love when I am able to take an abstract thought and run with it, especially when I am successful in creating an end product that looks like what we imagined.


I have posted a slightly more detailed “pattern” on ravelry in my notes for this project. You can find that HERE. I dont plan on writing it out row by row, so the “pattern” is really more of a guide, but its available for free if anyone else is interested in making their own orchid hat.


About zenren

I am in my mid-thirties, and blissfully married to a guy named Dave with whom I have a 17 year old daughter named Anela, and she is my world. I'm the RN Clinical Nurse Manager of a Transitional Care Unit where I work extremely hard to make my nurses and my patients happy. I knit shawls, and hats, and baby sweaters. I obsessively use Burt's Bees lip balm. I love spending weekends on our little slice of lake in northern Minnesota, and laying in the grass near the bonfire on a cool spring night with the kiddo watching for shooting stars while eating gooey s'mores with sticky fingers. I enjoy wrapping up in over-sized, snuggly warm sweaters in the autumn and going for walks with the smell of fallen leaves and trees blazing with color. I read a lot of self-help books. I frequently do not answer my cell phone. My husband adores me because of my quirks, not in spite of them, and I do my best to appreciate that. Im learning to meditate, and have a weakness for a good cup of tea. My nephew is adorable, and brings me so much joy. I knit to wind down, stay sane, and create beautiful things.
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