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Weekends at the Cabin Hat Knitting Pattern: Yarn Recommendations

Fallen in love with the Weekends at the Cabin Hat knitting pattern but have no idea what yarn to use? Continue reading for color recommendations using Western Sky Knits yarn (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!

Fun, simplistic, gender-neutral, and easy to wear. The Weekends at the Cabin Hat is a 2-in-1 hat pattern including the option to work a mountain motif or a tree motif, and four size options. It is worked in DK weight, creating a quick and cozy knit.

I designed the hat using Western Sky Knits' Merino 17 DK yarn in the Mother Lode colorway: a beautiful gray with speckles of gold, brown, and darker gray, to represent the colors of cabin life, complete with wood, rocks, and dirt. Weekends at the Cabin looks great in most solid, tonal, and slightly variegated yarns.

Note: All yarn images are from the credited websites.

I used Mother Lode on Merino 17 DK from Western Sky Knits.

Western Sky Knits Colors

There are so many lovely colors to choose from in Western Sky Knits' shop, and they really would all look lovely with the Weekends at the Cabin Hat! The main thing to consider is that the busier yarns and the darkest yarns won't show the texture as well. Here is a handful of colors that I would use for a Weekends at the Cabin Hat.

Barnwood on Tweed base


Leaf on Tweed base

Patina on Tweed base

North Sea

Brooks Blue


Violet Shadow


Morning Rose on Tweed base

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 DK weight yarns that would also work well 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 yarn that I used was: 100% Wool; 270 yards/100 grams

Bernat Softee Baby

100% Acrylic; 259 yards/100 grams; $4.29/100 grams

Loops + Threads Joy DK

100% Acrylic; 273 yards/100 grams; $4.50/100 grams

Lion Brand Modern Baby

50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon; 231 yards/100 grams; $8/100 grams

Knit Picks Upcycle Reserve Alpaca Blend

50% Alpaca, 30% Silk, 20% Tencel; 241 yards/100 grams; $10/100 grams

Knit Picks Swish DK

100% Wool; 246 yards/100 grams; $12/100 grams

Patons Classic Wool DK

100% Wool; 250 yards/100 grams; $13/100 grams

Knit Picks City Tweed

55% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 20% Tweed; 246 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams

Biggan Design 8-Ply Soft Merino Wool

100% Wool; 230 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams

Knit Picks Gloss DK

70% Wool, 30% Silk; 246 yards/100 grams; $16/100 grams

Knit Picks Capra DK

85% Wool, 15% Cashmere; 246 yards/100 grams; $20/100 grams

To perform your own search for affordable yarns, here are a couple places to start:

Yarn Substitution Website

Knit Picks Website

Webs Website

LoveCrafts Website

Michael's Website

Premier Yarns Website

Have you made a yarn selection for your Weekends at the Cabin Hat color? If so, what have you chosen? Kim and I would love to hear about it in the comments below, on Instagram (be sure to tag @snickerdoodleknits and @westernskyknits), and on Ravelry (link your yarn and pattern on your project page)!

Learn more about the Weekends at the Cabin Hat knitting pattern here.

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