Ahh! April in Vermont -- the
icy cold mornings, the balmy afternoons! It's
great if you're a maple tree, but sartorially
challenging if you're a person. What do you
wear when the morning is downright cold but
you know that by noon you won't need a hat and
When you need a little more
than just a t-shirt under your jacket, but a
whole sweater is overkill? Or you head out for
a walk and the wind suddenly threatens to nip
your ears clean off? You need your Sugar on
Snow: this versatile little garment changes
from a hat to a neck warmer in a jiffy and fits
easily into a jacket pocket.
With its leafy tassels
and organic baby cable ribs, Sugar on Snow reminds
you that warmer days are just around the corner
(really!) and cures the sick-of-wearing-your-winter-hat
blues. It knits up quickly and makes a great
hat for little sprouts, too.
The leaf tassels expand on
Nicky Epstein's pattern for Leaf Fringe in Knitting
on the Edge.
Emma and Lee Wood Juvan
photos: Tom Juvan
XS[S, M, L]
To fit 6-12 months[12 months-3 years, 4 years/adult
small, adult medium/large]
Shown in M
stretches to 16-18[16-18, 18-20, 20-22] inches
Length: 7.5[8.5, 9.5, 10.5] inches
[MC] Knit Picks Elegance [70% Baby Alpaca, 30%
Silk; 110 yds/99m per 50g skein]; color: #23534
Fawn; 2[2, 2, 3] skeins.
[CC] Knit Picks Andean Treasure [100% Baby Alpaca;
110 yds/99m per 50g skein]; color: #23483 Lagoon;
Notes on yarn substitution:
If you prefer, you can substitute 2[2, 3, 3]
skeins of Knit Picks Merino Style [100% Merino
Wool; 123 yds/112m per 50g skein]; color #23460
Nutmeg. Merino Style has less drape than Elegance
but more memory, making it a good choice for
a child's hat. Because Merino Style has more
bounce, work an additional repeat of Baby Cable
Rib before the eyelet round: 7[8, 9, 10] repeats.
If you are making several of these hats/neckwarmers,
note that one skein of Andean Treasure will
yield at least four tassels (size L).
1 set US #9/5.5 mm 16-inch circular needle
1 set US #3/3.25mm double-point needles
Gauges are for
two strands of MC held together, worked on US
9/5.5 mm needle.
15 sts/19rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
13 sts/18 rows = 4 inches in mock-cable rib,
Note: Hat is worked in Baby Cable Rib;
stockinette stitch gauge is given for yarn substitution
list of standard abbreviations and techniques
can be found here]
To avoid risk of entanglement, do
not use as a neck warmer on small children!
includes a smaller tassel size for small children;
be sure to fasten I-cord securely (or sew
in place) in hat configuration.
Baby Cable Rib (Worked
in the round over a multiple of 4 sts):
Rounds 1-3: [K2, p2] to end.
Round 4: [K2tog but do not drop sts
from left needle, k into first of these sts
again, drop both sts from left needle, p2]
Repeat Rounds 1-4 for Baby Cable
Adapted for circular knitting from Barbara
Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
circular needle and two strands of MC held
together, CO 60[60, 64, 68] sts.
Place marker and join to begin working in
the round, being careful not to twist.
Note: Piece is worked with two strands
of MC held together throughout.
Work Rounds 1-4 of Baby Cable Rib pattern
6[7, 8, 9] times, then work Rounds 1-3 once
Eyelet Round: [K2tog but do not
drop sts from left needle, k into first of
these sts again, drop both sts from left needle,
yo, p2tog] to end.
Work 6 more rounds in pattern as set.
BO all sts loosely in pattern.
Using double-point needles and CC, CO 3 sts.
Work I-Cord for 10[10, 22, 25] inches.
Turn work; leaf front will be worked back
Row 1 [WS]: Pfb, k1, Pfb. 5 sts.
*Row 2 [RS]: K2, yo, k1, yo, k2.
Odd-numbered Rows 3-15 [WS]: P all
Row 4 [RS]: K3, yo, k1, yo, k3. 9
Row 6 [RS]: K4, yo, k1, yo, k4. 11
Row 8 [RS]: Ssk, k7, k2tog. 9 sts.
Row 10 [RS]: Ssk, k5, k2tog. 7 sts.
Row 12 [RS]: Ssk, k3, k2tog. 5 sts.
Row 14 [RS]: Ssk, k1, k2tog. 3 sts.
Row 16 [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, psso. Break
yarn, draw through remaining st, and pull
Leaf Back (Make
Leaving an 18-inch tail, CO 5 sts.
Work from * to * as for Leaf Front.
in ends on hat/neckwarmer; do not block.
Block leaf pieces gently.
Sew one Leaf Back to Leaf
Front, with wrong sides together. (Use long
yarn tail at CO edge of Leaf Back to sew seam.)
Thread I-cord through eyelets
on hat, beginning and ending with I-cord on
outside of hat (for some sizes, you will need
to thread I-cord through one eyelet twice).
Sew remaining Leaf Backs
together with wrong sides together, and sew
to CO end of Cord.
To wear as a hat, cinch top
with cord, wrap cord ends once around top of
hat and tie in a bow. You can adjust the length
of the tassels by wrapping the I-cord more or
fewer times around the hat top. For infants
and small children, sew I-cord bow in hat position
with sewing needle and matching thread.
To wear as a neck warmer
(for older children and adults), unfasten bow,
pull over head, and fold over as a turtleneck
with cables on the outside (see photo).
Lee Wood Juvan spins, dyes, knits, and
chases after her two small children in Burlington,
Vermont. On a good day, her husband gets home
from work early, and you'll find her in her
favorite cemetery, parked in her minivan, knitting
and listening to an audiobook. Her work has
also appeared in Spin-Off.
& images © 2006 Lee Wood Juvan. Contact