goobalini

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snow and bitter cold weather has arrived about a month ahead of schedule where i live; these days we are all reaching for a cozy hat as we head outdoors. for the fashion conscious, a selection of easy to knit, easy to wear hats is a winter must-have. which means that your stocking stuffer quandary is now solved—caps all around.

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this slouchy, medium-weight number could become the hit of the season—its soft, slumping shape and lightweight density makes it easy to wear, indoors or out in a variety of fiber options. the brim motif is derived from our very popular sign of four sock pattern.

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and the name—who can resist? i came across it while doing some research about hat shapes—goobalini is the term used in a very specific region of northern new jersey (nutley, to be exact) to describe a tight stocking cap that sits above the ears and is topped by a pom pom. it is thought to have evolved form the italian word cupola, meaning a small dome that sits atop a building.

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technically,  our hat doesn’t quite fit the profile, but i became so smitten by the name that i had to use it. ours is a more relaxed shape that will keep the ears a bit warmer and has a little fullness for creative shaping around the face.

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it is also super-easy and quick to knit and an especially great traveling project; you still have time to knit one or two, even if you’re busy. or maybe a beginning knitter you know is looking for a good project—this one requires VERY little supervision and will make them feel really accomplished when it’s done.

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and in case you are lucky enough to live in a climate where woolens are not necessary, be assured that you can still wear this one, knit up in comfortable cotton or a cotton blend. just one word—YUM.

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the textured brim is deep rather than tight for a warm, snug feeling without the resulting “hat hair”. the top part has volume to capture air and drape well

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shown above, size medium in bare naked wools stone soup DK, color marble (nicole has made a goobalini kit available in your choice of color).

and below, size small in ecobutterfly organics pakucho cotton sport, a soft, color grown organic cotton yarn, in color rich cinnamon chocolate.

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to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here and for kit click here , to visit the knitspot pattern shop. or purchase the pattern in our ravelry pattern shop.

applause for our dear friend cherie, who knit the wooly stone soup sample for us; i just wish you could feel it in person, it’s so soft and luscious. thank you cherie!

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4 Responses to “goobalini”

  1. Anne Marie says:

    This hat looks great in Stone Soup. Nicole and Sarah are becoming quite the models.

  2. Jo Morgan says:

    I love these hats with a more “drapey” profile. It will be interesting to see if they solve the head itch problen! (Both my sister and I suffer from it.)

  3. Kat Jorgensen says:

    Love the name. Love the hat, Anne. I want to knit this one just for me!!! Off to get the pattern.

  4. josiekitten says:

    Stop! Stop! I can’t keep up with you! Great hat, love it! But when am I going to find time to knit it?!!