Updated: Nov 21
Did you purchase the Hustle and Bustle Hat knitting pattern, but now you're struggling to decide what yarn to use for it? Continue reading for color recommendations using Livin Vivid Yarn yarn (that's the yarn that I used), for affordable yarn recommendations, and for a list of resources to search for other yarns that will work for the pattern!
Super lightweight, the Hustle and Bustle Hat is a simple and quick fingering weight hat to knit for the transitional seasons. It features a "random" texture that creates a fun aesthetic without having a busy patterning.
I designed the hat using Livin Vivid Yarn’s MCN Fingering base in the Trance colorway. It creates such a fun, vibrant, and colorful piece of artwork -- perfect for representing the hustle and bustle of city life! The hat looks great in just about any yarn -- solid, tonal, speckled, variegated... The only yarn that might not quite look right is a self-striping yarn that would create obvious but narrow stripes.
(Learn more about the design inspiration here.)
Note: All yarn images are from the credited websites.
The color that I used for the design was Trance, a wonderfully fun and vibrant colorway ~ a perfect representation of the city lights.
Livin Vivid Yarn Colors
The Hustle and Bustle Hat design is so versatile you could select any colorway from Livin Vivid Yarn's lineup, and this hat would turn out so fun! However, I've selected a handful of colors to give a sample of colors that I would pair with the Hustle and Bustle Hat pattern, including some solids, some speckles, and some multi-color options. Just click on the image to view the colorway in Livin Vivid's shop!
Alternative Yarns List
Can't afford hand-dyed yarn? I completely understand! That is A-OK! Here I've selected a list of more affordable fingering weight yarns that would also work with this design! (Note: I am not affiliated with any of the links -- I am just providing this list for your reference.)
I've provided a few bits of information on each yarn for your own comparison. All prices shown are USD and do not account for shipping costs. The list is ordered from least expensive to most expensive per gram. For the sake of comparison, I've written everything in terms of 100 grams. The yarns with yardages and fiber content most similar to the yarn that I used typically create the most similar fabrics to the original design.
The yarn that I used was: 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 435 yds /100 grams
80% Acrylic, 10% Polyamide,10% Mohair; 447 yds/100 grams; $5.87/100 grams
88% Acrylic, 7% PBT, 5% Glitter; 448 yds/100 grams; $5.99/100 grams
75% wool/25% polyamide; 460 yds/100 grams; $7.90/100 grams
75% Wool, 25% Nylon; 436 yds/100 grams; $10.98/100 grams
75% Merino/25% Nylon; 462 yds/100 grams; $11.98/100 grams
100% wool; 440 yds/100 grams; $13/100 grams
75% Merino/25% Silk; 440 yds/100 grams; $15.98/100 grams