I love nothing more than to curl up with a cup of hot chai, it warms my heart and soul, making me blissfully happy. This hat captures the relaxing and comforting sense that chai tea gives me, a warm hug of softness with a touch of spice. Gorgeously warm Alpaca and a chunky cable, what’s not to love? Cleverly knitted inside out, to minimise purling this pretty hat knits up in no time. Available in three sizes.
The tea: Masala Chai is traditionally brewed with black tea leaves and a mixture of spices including green cardamom pods, cinnamom sticks, ground cloves, ginger and black peppercorns. I prefer to drink mine with the South African tea Rooibos. Check out my blog for my favourite spiced chai recipe.
Ginger’s Hand Dyed Chunky Baby (Chunky; 100% Baby Alpaca; 99m / 108 yds per 100g skein)
Shade: Bourbon and Water; 1 x 100g skein
5mm / US8 circular needle 40cm / 16in length (or 80cm / 32in length for magic loop)
6.5mm / US10.5 circular needle 40cm / 16in length (or 80cm / 32in length for magic loop)
6.5mm / US10.5 set of DPNs for crown decreases, or longer circular needle for magic loop
One stitch marker
14 sts and 24 rnds over 10cm / 4in of stocking stitch worked in the rnd and blocked, using 6.5mm/ US10.5 needles
15 sts and 24 rnds over 10cm / 4in of 3 x 2 rib worked in the rnd and blocked, using 6.5mm/ US10.5 needles
S (M, L)
To fit head circumference: 45 - 50 (50 - 55, 55 - 60)cm / 18 - 20 (20 - 22, 22 - 24)in
Finished hat circumference (unstretched): 37 (45, 52) cm / 15 (18, 20.5)in
Finished length from brim to crown: 20cm / 8in