A Rhinebeck… hat

One other thing in addition to my Massey Wrap is a constant reminder that fall is (finally!) here: Rhinebeck! I’m going this year, for the first time ever, and I’m very excited. I’ve been to sheep and wool festivals here in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but never to the one in New York.

I didn’t want to overwhelm myself, so I’m only going on Saturday, during the day. The rest of the weekend will be spent in the Berkshires, enjoying fall :). If you’re also going to Rhinebeck, please say hello if you see me! It will be wonderful to meet all my long-time internet friends in person.

I briefly contemplated knitting a Rhinebeck sweater for the occasion. I actually really like this idea – knitting something brand new and exciting, wearing it in a crowd of people who totally understand, and doing so in time for the cold and dreary winter. But I’m not a sweater knitter, and couldn’t I accomplish the same thing with a clever accessory?


A sick day last week gave me a little time to swatch and play around, and this slouchy hat (or is it beret?) was born. I love it to pieces. It is reversible – yes, that’s the same hat in those two photos! It is knit using two different colorways of yarn, but there’s no jog or seam or carrying yarn up the side. It is incredibly simple to make, and uses very little yarn. And, yes, as soon as I knit a second prototype (in colors less reminiscent of Smarties), I’m writing up the pattern ;). My goal for publication is (you guessed it!) Rhinebeck :).


42 thoughts on “A Rhinebeck… hat

  1. Sarah

    I love the hat! And I hope to see you at Rhinebeck. This is my first year, too. I’m knitting a sweater for the occasion – if I finish it in time! 🙂

  2. Jeannine

    Sadly Rhinebeck is a bit far for me (lots of water between us) so I won’t get to meet you and the lovely hat in person. But I’m hoping you’ll send a little taste of the festival over the ocean for us on this side when you’re back home. The hat is really clever, love the reversible aspect of it. Waiting for the pattern…..

  3. Estella

    I’ve gone twice with my daughter – one year it was HOT and it was hysterical seeing everyone melting in their sweaters. The next year it was freezing and you had to wear a coat (can’t see any sweater there) so I wore a cowl and fingerless mitts. Wise choice with the hat…it will be seen and is easily removed if it is hot. You are going to love Rhinebeck!

  4. Mandy

    What a gorgeous hat! I’m going to Rhinebeck for the first time this year, too. I am also not a sweater knitter, but I’m knitting a sweater. So far, the plan is working. Wish me luck that I don’t get stuck on the sleeves!

  5. Virginia

    I’m going to Rhinebeck! I can’t WAIT!

    I will look for you and your hat there.

    My family and I will be decked out in as many hand knitted items as can be crammed onto our bodies. Last year at Rhinebeck I hadn’t knitted anything for myself other than a shawl and I felt a little left out because of it.

  6. Rebecca

    Ohhhhh am sooooo jealous of both the Rhinebeck excursion and the hat – I second the motion on a matching scarf – actually love the color(s)…what’s the yarn?

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. LoriAngela

    Great idea. I am also heading into hat territory- for myself for a change. Interesting construction will make it all the more enjoyable. I have plans with the 60 Quick Knits book, too- Thanks.

  8. ruth

    Dress warmly because the last couple of years it’s been really really cold. Take lots of money. Eat the wonderful weird food. Carry a towel with you to mop up the drool from looking at all that yarn.

  9. ladyrazorsharp

    I was wondering if the hat on the left was crocheted. I really like the texture! And the colors are cute (Smarties, LOL).

  10. Susan

    I am all about knitting the accessories. Love the look of this hat! I’ll be looking forward to the publication of the pattern. Have fun at Rhinebeck!

  11. Seanna Lea

    Very nice!

    I want to go to Rhinebeck, but I am carless and I didn’t see any groups that were going that had spots open. I went 2 years ago, and it was a lot of fun!

  12. April

    What a beauty! I’m also coming “home” to New England to go to Rhinebeck with my Mom and sister. Just booked my ticket last week. I’m so excited, it’s been three years since I’ve been and that means it’s been three years since I’ve seen fall in New England, my favorite thing of all time!

  13. Rose

    Beautiful hat! I’ll keep my eyes open for you, as I’ll be there with my daughter and her boyfriend on Saturday! They live in Stamford, so we’re commuting too.

  14. Bernadette

    Beautiful hat! I’ll be looking for you at Rhinebeck. I live so close and haven’t made it yet – but this year my sis and I plan to go. Hope it’s a beautiful fall weekend!

  15. Sheila

    You will enjoy Rhinebeck ….. beautiful season for new yarn and a day in and outside. The food tastes so good- – -have a great time!

  16. Dianne Lutz

    I would love if you give me the honor of meeting you. Please stop by my booth at rhinebeck. I’m outside in the tent by building 27A-12, I knit so many jaywalkers and would love to meet you.

    Please come by and introduce yourself

  17. Sally Carey

    Ohhhhh – I’m going on Sunday – so sorry to miss the possibility of seeing you. I hope you have a great time. Study the vendor list and make sure you get to the ones you want most early. By noon it will be so crowded, but with lovely people!

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