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Breakthrough Hat









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The Woodland Passage collection is inspired by my adventures in the forest as a child and embodies the warmth and nostalgia of happy memories. I am inspired by the different layers of the forest and the different personalities and textures between the forest floor, the understory, the canopy, and the emergent layer.

The Breakthrough collection is inspired by the canopy of the forest. After the ascent from the understory, trees enjoy abundant light and nutrients in the canopy layer. No longer struggling for scarce resources, they can be content and comfortable.

It can be easy to forget where we come from, especially if where we left was filled with toil and struggle. In contentment, it’s easy to trap ourselves in a happy bubble and forget about the troubles in the world around us.

But like the trees in the canopy protect precious flora and fauna, we too have a duty to protect those who are still finding their way to where we now happily thrive.

The braids in this design are a reminder to appreciate our roots and interconnections to those who have sacrificed before us to pave the way for a better life. The leaf motif symbolizes the abundance in our lives and the hope we can offer by sharing our light through openings in the shadows.


MJ Yarns
Tough Ram
Fingering / 4-Ply
Per Skein:
360 yds / 329 m in each 3.53 oz / 100 g skein
Fiber Content:
80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
Background Color: Azurite (Blue); Main Color: Amber (Gold)
Number of Skeins:
Background Color: 1; Main Color: 1
Length Required:
Background Color: 134 yds / 122 m; Main Color: 94 yds / 86 m


  • One 16 in / 40 cm circular needle for magic loop in size needed to obtain gauge, or your preferred method for small diameter knitting
    • Designer Used: US 4 / 3.5 mm
  • 4 stitch markers for keeping track of stitch pattern repeats
  • 1 yarn needle for weaving in ends


One Size
  • Circumference: 20" / 51 cm
  • Height: 9.25" / 23 cm

Construction & Schematic


This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up. Choose one of three cast ons based on your confidence level and then jump into the ribbing section. Work a decorative braid, and then it’s onto the colorwork section. There are some long sections of stranding without changing colors and it is recommended to wrap floats every 6-7 stitches. Decreases are worked to shape the crown, and then the yarn is broken to weave through the remaining stitches to close the top.

Schematic for One Size

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