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Thinking Cap Using Shibui Cima

Thinking Cap Using Shibui Cima

"Who’d’ve thought?"

Inspired by a ready-to-wear Italian cashmere cap, we engineered our hand-knit version to be sleek and utterly seamless. The super-fine fabric is doubled at the cuff with a tiny joining welt for extra warmth. And that cool welt could be popped with a fun, contrast color. Okay, the needles are tiny and the details a little fussy, but it’s worth it—we think!

We knit this version in Shibui’s exceptional Cima. The way it’s plied looks like little pearls, which makes us love this delicate lace-weight texture all the more. Alpaca and merino are twisted tightly together, creating a supple yarn with a lovely glow and smoothly delicate drape. Kit’s knit three Thinking Caps in this fiber!

You’ll need two skeins of Cima—if you’d like that contrasting welt, pick out one skein of the main color and another skein of that fun pop. If you prefer your cap in one color, you’ll then need two skeins of your main color. For a full selection of colors, go to the Shibui Cima page.

Approx. 19"/48cm around x 10"/25 cm long; fits 20-23"/51-58cm head.

2 skeins Shibui Cima (328 yds/299m each): 1 skein main color (MC) Color 2035, Fog; plus 1 skein contrast color (CC) Color 2001, Abyss, for welt (used only 15 yds/14m). If making a solid color cap, you'll need 2 skeins of the main color.
Or approx. 365 yds/334m of lace-weight yarn (includes approx. 15 yds/14m for welt).
Plus 5 yds/m smooth fingering-weight waste yarn for provisional cast-on.

US 1 (2.25mm) 16"/40cm circular and 5 double-point needles, or size to get gauge.
US 0 (2mm) 16"/40cm circular needle or one size smaller than gauge needle.
US C/2 (2.75cm) crochet hook and 1 locking marker for provisional cast-on.
4 very fine stitch markers (one in a contrast color) to mark decreases without creating gaps (knotted loops of fine yarn work nicely).
Darning needle to finish.

36 sts/52 rows = 4"/10cm, after wet blocking and steam pressing.

Digital Thinking Cap pattern. (Download)

Printed Thinking Cap pattern. (Requires shipping.)

COLOR: 2035 Fog. Warm grey.

COLOR: 2001 Abyss. Deep dark black.

COLOR: 13 Caffeine. Warm pale clay.

COLOR: 11 Tar. Dark steel-grey.

COLOR: 2039 Imperial. Purple with a touch of fuchsia pink.

COLOR: 2034 Blueprint. Electric blue.

COLOR: 2038 Cove. True teal.

COLOR: 2027 Pool. Electric teal, more emerald than blue.

COLOR: 2041 Pollen. A greeny goldenrod.

COLOR: 2037 Tango. Bright crimson.