FO Log: Hozkwoz Hat (2018 FO-06)

The weekend I finished my Kimmeridge Cardigan, I spent a wonderful afternoon at my LYS’ summer party. Amazing homemade food (Ruta’s chocolate cake is killer!), a light breeze and knitting in a courtyard - and to top it all off, I finally got to meet Anna Maltz in person!

If you don’t know Anna Maltz yet, I highly recommend checking out her Instagram (@sweaterspotter - keep an eye out for her yarn matching old cars series) and patterns on Ravelry because boy, does this woman have imagination and spirit!

When I got home, bound off my cardigan, and thought about what I wanted to knit next, I realized that even though I’d been gifted Anna’s latest book “Marlisle - A New Direction in Knitting” for my birthday, I had yet to make anything from it. I was super intrigued to try marlisle - it’s quite rare these days that I come across a technique that’s completely new to me, so it was a delight to read through Anna’s thoughts on marlisle, yarns that were suitable and not suitable and figure out how it worked.

I was intrigued by quite a few designs in the book - a firm favorite being the Trembling Sweater - and ultimately decided to knit the Hozkwoz Hat.

Hozkwoz Hat by Anna Maltz
Hozkwoz Hat by Anna Maltz

The Pattern:

I found the pattern incredibly clear and easy to follow. Especially with the abundance of information and tips Anna gives in the rest of the book - think yarn pairing recommendations, explanations of a special increase used, etc. - it’s most definitely beginner friendly, and you can concentrate on the joy of knitting your heart out.

The only thing I wished the pattern had explained - but oh well, now I know - is that you do need to be a bit careful when you’re knitting marlisle magic loop. (Maybe it does somewhere in the book and I just read over it?) As you’re carrying floats for a part of the pattern, you need to make sure to leave a generous amount of the yarn you’re floating behind the fabric if that’s the spot where you decide to magic loop. Otherwise you end up with something that looks like little welts instead of a beautiful flat increase. Oh well. You live and you learn!

Hozkwoz is a top down hat which was another technique that was new to me. You start with a tiny cast on, and then increase your way down the crown before knitting the “body” of the hat and finishing off with the brim. Really intuitive once you get the hang of it!

Nothing more to say to the pattern, really: A thoroughly enjoyable book, a well-written pattern, beautiful photography - what more could you want?

The yarn:

The pattern photography does a great job at illustrating how the two colors you choose for marlisle play together. I immediately knew that I wanted a burgundy-white hat, with burgundy being the main color.

Originally, the pattern calls for a DK weight and an aran weight yarn, but the yarns I had on hand and wanted to use were both sport weight: Swan’s Island All American Sport in Blackberry (a 100% Rambouillet yarn) and Oysters and Purls’ 100% Corriedale in the natural white.

I chose to knit the second size to make up for the difference in gauge and that worked like a charm. (Oh, yes, I didn’t make a swatch. Bad me. But it worked out!) I did knit with the original needle sizes stated in the pattern, and I love how the fabric turned out: Very squishy and warm, yet lightweight and not suffocating. I imagine with DK and aran weight yarns, it might possibly be the warmest hat you’ve ever knit.

Both yarns worked together incredibly well. I love how there are tiny color variations in the Blackberry yarn and how sheepy both yarns feel. Also: the Blackberry didn’t bleed. Not at all! I was a tiny bit scared after the blocking of the Kimmeridge Cardigan that I would end up with a light rose contrast color instead of the natural white, so I took a tiny bit of the Blackberry and washed it before casting on. Not a single ounce of color came out, and it stayed that way when I blocked the FO.

Overall, really happy with the knitting experience - marlisle is super fun, and I do have a few ideas how it could be used for a top-down raglan jumper. I imagine it’s a great technique to use up any leftover fingering yarns you have at home too!

Hozkwoz Hat by Anna Maltz