Introducing… Hoxton Basic and Hoxton Luxe hats

Suzie Blackman
Sunday, 31 January 2016


As much as I love knitting lace and colour-work, it’s often the simple, wearable basics I come back to time and time again. There are two newcomers in our pattern collection that definitely fall into that category!

Hoxton Basic and Hoxton Luxe are modern variations on the ever-popular beanie hat, in ultra-soft Marshmallow Cloud Baby Alpaca Chunky yarn.

Hoxton Hats in It's a Stitch Up Marshmallow Cloud Baby Alpaca Chunky. Hoxton Basic (left) in 'purple rain' and Hoxton Luxe (right) in 'Baby Cakes'/'Natural' and 'Vapour'/'Natural'

Hoxton Hats in It’s a Stitch Up Marshmallow Cloud Baby Alpaca Chunky. Hoxton Basic (left) in colour ‘Purple Rain’ and Hoxton Luxe (right) in ‘Baby Cakes’/’Natural’ and ‘Vapour’/’Natural’

Hoxton Basic is a free pattern and a one-skein, beginner project. Its cousin, Hoxton Luxe, is an upgraded and refined version in a colour-block design with a cosy, folded brim. Hoxton Luxe has a range of child and adult sizes and is available as a PDF pattern.

Both are quick, instant gratification knits and smart, stylish garments – ideal for snow bunnies and urban explorers alike.

Hoxton Basic hat in Marshmallow Cloud Baby Alpaca Chunky in ‘Purple Rain’

Not sure which to choose? Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

Hoxton Basic Hoxton Luxe
Price & format Free online pattern PDF pattern, $5
Skill level Beginner Easy
Design One colour, flat brim Two colour, folded brim
Construction Knitted flat and seamed Knitted in the round, seamless
Shaping Simple decreases Elegant shaping
Sizes One size, Adult M Four sizes: Toddler, Child, Adult S-M, Adult M-L

Top it off with a giant pompom (because who doesn’t love a pompom?), we used a Clover XL Pompom Maker for the adult sizes, which definitely beats fiddly cardboard circles.

The yarn

It's a Stitch Up Marshmallow Cloud Baby Alpaca Chunky

It’s a Stitch Up Marshmallow Cloud Baby Alpaca Chunky

Marshmallow Cloud Baby Alpaca Chunky yarn is a very special yarn. It is spun from the fleece of the alpaca’s first sheering, making it the finest available. The fleece is farmed in Peru, where it is also sorted and graded by highly skilled workers. The Mill works to encourage ethical farming practices and to support the Alpaca farmers and local communities, including providing education programmes for children.

Hoxton Luxe (single colour version) Adult M-L in Marshmallow Cloud Baby Alpaca Chunky 'Lake Haze'

Hoxton Luxe (single colour version) Adult M-L in Marshmallow Cloud Baby Alpaca Chunky ‘Lake Haze’

In readiness for the arrival of Hoxton hats, we’ve created new colourways of Marshmallow Cloud, and dyed-up new batches of our most popular shades which had sold out.

But, I know that not everyone will be able to get their hands on Marshmallow Cloud, so here are a few alternatives:

I can’t wait to see your projects!

The author

Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.

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