I have a new self-published pattern! Meet Striated, a chunky two-color slipped stitch hat.

All photos by Lindsey Topham

Huge thanks to the wonderful people at Malabrigo! I originally submitted this idea to the Malabrigo Quickies program. They didn't accept it, but Alex offered to send me the yarn for this project anyways--my first official yarn support! Two squishy, delectable soft skeins of Malabrigo Chunky wound up in my mailbox and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to finally work with this yarn. I used Mariposa as the variegated main color and Pearl Ten as the contrast color.

I designed this hat to be unisex, and Lindsey's husband Ken graciously agreed to have his photo taken as my "male model." What a good sport, and he proves that this is a men's hat too!

All photos by Lindsey Topham

Columns of slipped stitches help break up a variegated yarn but the design rocks in solid colors too, as one of my testers proved. Chunky weight means it flies off the needles, so it’s perfect for gift knitting or when you need a quick accessory fix. The best part? If you use Malabrigo Chunky or a yarn with similar yardage, you can get two hats by reversing the colors on the second hat! You and a friend or family member can have coordinating Striateds to wear together.

Star shaped crown decreases

And one lucky reader can have a Striated to coordinate mine! I'm giving away the leftover yarn used in my sample, enough to make a Striated of your very own in Pearl Ten with Mariposa accents. Just leave a comment on this post by Thursday, November 8th at 11:59PM EST. Don't forget to include a way for me to contact you! I'll post the winner here on Friday.