When fall and winter are about to arrive and nature explodes in red, yellow, orange and gold it is time to pull out your yarn and your knitting needles and stock up your supply of mittens, comforters and last, but not least - hats. And inspired by the architecture of Stockholm city this Stockholm hat was designed.
This two-color hat where loops are created on the inside with each color change, a layer-upon-layer effect is created where warm air is kept in the small, natural pockets made by the loops, making it warm and cozy even on the coldest of days. Also, a knitted wool hat will not get cold as fast when wet as a hat of fabric when wet. This hat is also washable on the wool program of your washing machine – just remember that it needs to air-dry! No tumble dryers etc.
The story behind the design: On the brim there are four stripes of varying length in the color of the pattern; one, four, three and then six rows each. These stripes correspond to the number 1436, which is the year Stockholm got its urban privilege.
The main motif on the Stockholm hat is the pattern of the lower part of Sergel’s Square, covering the palm, as it covers the square, colloquially referred to as “Plattan” – “The Slab”. After some debate the square was called ‘Sergel’s Square’ and thereby named after the 18th century sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel, as suggested by Evert Taube, Sweden’s foremost troubadour in the 20th century.
The secondary motif is the Ericsson Globe, colloquially called ’Globen’ – ’The Globe’. It is the world’s largest spherical building and among other things Sweden’s national hockey arena.