Levenish Hat


Circumference 50.75[53,55.5,58]cm.
Brim to crown 20[20.5,21,21.5]cm.

The Levenish Hat kit includes a colour-printed patterncard with full instructions for 4 sizes of the Levenish Hat, and all the yarn required to make two Levenish Hats in Alice Starmore ™ Hebridean 2 Ply in your own choice of colours. There is enough yarn in the kit to make two hats in the largest size, with one hat in a self colour (Colour 1) as shown in the Mara version, and another in a main colour (Colour 2) with contrast highlights. These are shown in the photographs worked in Pebble Beach with a Driftwood contrast and also in Red Rattle with Tormentil contrast. This is an interesting design, made in circular overlapping layers, which will intrigue knitters of intermediate to expert level.

Click here for a digital shadecard of all Hebridean 2 Ply colours.

The Levenish Hat is photographed here in soft autumn light worn by Eve in Pebble Beach with Driftwood contrast along with the Peigi Cardigan, Herald handwarmers and Mo Chridhe Blanket. Eve also wears a Red Rattle version with a contrast in Red Deer alongside the Henry VIII fingerless gloves, Persian Tiles Wrap and woven scarf from the Weaving collection.

Iona is photographed wearing a Mara Levenish in strong midday sunshine along with a Sulaire Spencer. She is also photographed wearing the Pebble Beach Levenish in magic hour sunshine late on a summer evening.



The dome -shaped sea stac of Levenish guards the entrance of Village Bay, and at just over 1 nautical mile from Hirta, it forms the most southerly island of the ancient volcano rim. Looking out from the village, it is easy to imagine Levenish as a watchful head looking out over the thousands of miles of ocean beyond. It inspired me to design a close-fitting hat echoing its shape. The hat is composed of tiered layers of a textured, waving pattern that I designed in recognition of the eternal motion of the ocean surrounding this lonely sentinel.

Levenish would have been etched in the memory of our Queen of the Waves – a sight seen from every cottage window from dawn to dusk of every day, barring those of a dense sea fog or a colossal storm. But even on stormy days Levenish can be seen standing firm as huge Atlantic waves break over its 62 metre height. The Queen of the Waves would have seen its human-like profile facing the sunrise and watched it change colour as the sun set behind its back. She would have made many hats in colours to remind her of the ever-changing moods of light and weather passing over its steadfast form.

Though small, this hat is a fairly challenging project. It has lots of cast-on edges and its waving layers are knit together and overlapped as it decreases gradually to the crown. It looks equally lovely worked in a single colour or in a main colour with a contrast colour highlighting the waving pattern; and just like our Queen of the Waves, you too can have a lot of fun working out colour combinations for your own Levenish Hats.