South Pole is a bulky and stylish hat that features Estonian traditional knitting technique called “vits”. This technique creates beautiful horizontal knit stitch lines. The hat is quite roomy, so it is a good choice for you if you like to wear your hair in a ponytail or in some other updoes.
The pattern is created for both yarns, SMC Highland Alpaca and DROPS Polaris. I recommend SMC yarn as it is softer and drapes better.
The hat will use up entire two skeins of yarn, so you will need to unravel the swatch (no need to buy expensive yarn for swatch).
US17 (12 mm) circular (or size to obtain gauge). The length of the circular needles depends on the method you prefer for a small diameter circular knitting. When you choose a magic loop technique, take circulars at least 40” (100 cm) long. When not using the magic loop technique, take 16” (40 cm) circular needles.
Yarn needle, few yards of contrasting colour thick cotton yarn for cast on, crochet hook, elastic thread, knitting marker.
The pattern includes photo tutorial, a full video tutorial from cast-on to finishing and in depth video tutorial about tubular cast-on. Tubular cast on technique is used for casting on to give professional look as well as a nice stretchy brim. However, you can choose a cast-on technique of your choice. After creating the tubular cast on, the hat is knitted in round. An elastic thread is inserted into the brim to keep the rib nice and stretchy.