When I was a kid, I remember reading a short story called “Impunity Jane.” I don’t know why I always returned to that story; maybe it was because I was a typical girl who loved dolls, and Impunity Jane just happened to be a doll. But really, I think it was the word impunity that had me so fascinated. I just couldn’t infer its meaning from the story’s content. It was a word mystery, and I was hooked.

The mystery remained unsolved, and, eventually, forgotten, until my high school English class. There, in my vocabulary book, was the word impunity! And the definition? Freedom from punishment. The perfect word, waiting to be used in the perfect situation. I love those types of words.

As I was typing up the description for this hat pattern, I realized that the thing I like so much about it is its use of variegated and tonal yarns. I have a love/hate relationship with those yarns, which you may have read about here. They always look so pretty in the balls, and so horribly blotchy in stockinette. Unless.

Unless you can come up with some interesting stitch pattern. Then, they shine. Then, you can knit them up with impunity.

For example, in my new pattern, which I named… Impunity. Shocking, I know.

As you can see, these hats have vertical ribbing to break up the colour changes. And the shaping continues right up to the top of the hat. Lots of springy, stretchy rings and visual interest. This hat looks great knit in any colour, for anyone. I’ve been making them for the gezillions of babies being born to all my friends this summer, and I plan to make one for myself, too. And possibly for my husband. If he’s good. After all, what’s the use in being a knitter if you don’t have an over abundance of hats?

The pattern contains sizing for Preemies, Babies, Toddlers, and Children/Adults. Because of the larger-than-normal needle size and the vertical ribs, these hats are stretchy and will fit between sizes. If in doubt, knit a size up. For instance, Preemie is definitely too little for a newborn of average size, but the Baby size will fit a newborn for quite a while. The size shown in the pictures is Toddler, and it fits the pretty little 20-month-old (if I do say so myself) as well as her 5-year-old brothers. But if you’re knitting for an 8 year old or older, I’d go with a Child/Adult size. Clear as mud?

You’ll need a 50g ball of fingering-weight yarn and size 3 US (2.75mm) needles for working in the round. I used two circular needles, but dpn’s or magic loop would work, as well. The yarn I used, that’s shown here, is one of my new favourites: Shibui Sock. Oh, the springiness! Oh, the colours! My hands are happy when I knit with it. The colour shown here is called Roppongi, and it’s a pink/orange mix. Bliss!

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9 Comments on “Impunity”

  1. August 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    She’s so cute! Great pictures, and that’s a great idea to deal with yarn that won’t behave in other patterns.

  2. LizA
    September 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Seriously crushing on this pattern — there are so many Little People I know who need hats (now that they’ve gotten over their newborn knits). I found you via Ravelry’s Top 20 today — congrats!

  3. Darlene
    September 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    What a precious girl and love the hat too. Thanks for the pattern.

  4. Dee
    September 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Thanks for the pattern. My Newcomers Alumnae chapter knit caps and mitts for charity and I will be using this one for a change of pace this fall.

  5. periwinkleparadise
    October 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Adorable… the hat and the baby girl. I ❤ the pics.

  6. Helen Hooke
    February 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    I made this hat pattern for my two grand daughters ages 3 and 1, using a variegated yarn in pinks and purples. I used a fusia silk mohair together for one and a purple silk mohair with the other. They are just fabulous and the girls look like they have halos on their heads. Thakyou from Ontario Canada

    • February 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

      You’re welcome from Ontario, Canada! Yay, neighbours! 🙂 (Well, almost.) I’m so glad you liked it.


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