Soon to be on my Hiya Hiya needles; malabrigo rios and a ferramenta knitted hat

While my loom, 32″ Kromski Harp, is taking a much needed break, I’ll be picking up my much loved Hiya Hiya needles so I can knit this adorable Ferramenta Knitted hat. It’s part of a barter I set up with a friend in exchange for growing my own mushrooms.

Ferramenta hat
Ferramenta knitted hat by Nina Machlin Dayton

Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m in love with this cabled design!

Here’s the description…

Reminiscent of the complex and decorative ironwork popularized by the Italian immigrant iron workers in cities like New York in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Ferramenta (Italian for ironwork or ironmonger) is knit bottom up, in the round, and used twisted stitches and small cables to evoke the complex patterns that these workers incorporated into their art.

This hat can be worn as a slouch hat, or blocked flat into a beret/tam shape, making it suitable for men and women.

Pattern has written and charted instructions.

I gave my friend a list of cabled knitted hats that they could chose from, and they picked the above hat. It’s the one I would have chosen too. They’d already chosen the yarn, super squishy Malabrigo Rios in Pedras!  The cost of Ferramenta knitted hat pattern is $5.00,  and it can be found on Ravelry. The weaving designer, is Nina Machlin Dayton, and her website can be found at Nina Knits, but she hasn’t posted there in a few years.

Malabrigo Rios Piedras
Malabrigo Rios in Pedras; this yarn is so soft and it’s a washable wool!

I’m really looking forward to working with cables again. I love knitted cables, and am looking to become reacquainted with twisted stitches.

Knitting videos

I think, the  videos I’ve included below, are helpful for those new to these two stitches. The instructors speak clearly and the video shots are great so you can actually see what they are doing.

How to knit a cable stitch

How to knit a twisted stitch


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  1. Ravelry: Ferramenta hat
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What a gorgeous hat pattern. I cannot wait to see the finished hat. You’ve picked sister Barb’s colors. LOL!
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Every time I see that yarn it looks different and I like it even more! And I definitely like the pattern of the hat also. Glad that I was able to pick it out… even though I know I didn’t really have a choice. 😉 Guess I’d better get busy on planning the demo to fulfill my end of this bargain.
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You know what I mean Opal regarding us both having similar likes… you could have picked it out and it would have been perfect!