PATTERN easy hat to knit from unspun wool top roving

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Even if you don't spin, you can use that lovely hand-dyed fiber you admire to create this easy knitting hat! Listing is for complete instructions for transforming unspun processed wool 'roving' (wool top preferred) into a knitted hat without spinning. You will receive by e-mail a PDF file with two pages of information and illustrations that guide you through this easy process of stripping the wool into a knitable strand as well as the pattern for knitting this hat.

TO COMPLETE THE HAT you will also need 4 oz. of wool top and size 11 double pointed and 16' circular knitting needles. The hat in the photos with this listed was knit with hand dyed US wool top from my shop. Other fibers in my shop that will work well with this pattern include Polwarth and Bluefaced Leicester wool top. Read below for more detailed guidelines on selecting appropriate wool for this project.


‘Roving’ is often used as a general term to mean fiber that is in a rope-like form and is ready to spin. By that common definition, ‘roving’ includes both top, roving, and sliver. But there is a difference, and it does matter. To be precise, top is fiber that has been combed, and consists of fibers that are all close to the same length and lined up parallel to one another. True roving is carded and contains fibers of varying lengths in a web-like arrangement. Sliver is carded roving that has been attenuated (drafted) slightly, which straightens and aligns the fibers. Pencil roving is another form in which you may encounter un-spun wool: it is carded roving drafted to a very thin rope about the diameter of a pencil (hence the name). For this project, you will find it simplest to work with either pencil roving or commercially processed wool top, which can be transformed to knit-able form with ease. Hand pulled top and true carded roving (most commonly found when buying custom roving from small farms) will need to be pre-drafted down to the correct size, which will be more difficult and time-consuming than working with processed top.

Average review
Very nice instruction, Clear picture also.
Feb 26, 2014 by Marie Baker
Jan 18, 2013 by A fellow maker

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