Windy Shores Hat Knitting Pattern: Yarn Recommendations

Are you in love with the Windy Shores Hat knitting pattern but not sure what yarn to use? Continue reading for color recommendations using Flock Fibre Studio yarn (the yarn that I used), affordable yarn recommendations, and a list of resources to search for other yarns that will work for the pattern!


Super cozy and quick to knit, the Windy Shores Hat makes for a wonderful gift knit. The pattern includes child through large adult sizes and the option to make a messy bun version instead. Its wave texture makes it a fun, engaging knit.


I designed the main hat sample using Flock Fibre Studio’s Think Big! super bulky weight yarn in the Blueberry Girl colorway. It's such a fun purple and blue colorway with bits of teal and pink ~ so perfect for representing a cold, chilly walk along the northern rocky ocean shores. The hat look great in most any kind of yarn. Just remember that the darker and/or the busier the yarn is, the more it will hide the texture.


(Learn more about the inspiration behind the design here.)




Flock Fibre Studio Colors


Flock Fibre Studio carries a beautiful array of colors, and really, you could use any of them for your Windy Shores Hat. Here I've listed what is currently available on the super bulky base -- they'll all look great as a textured hat! Just click on the photo to browse that color in the Flock Fibre Studio shop!


Note: The following yarn images are from the credited websites.



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 super bulky 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 / 20% nylon; 70 yds / 115 grams, or 61 yds / 100 grams


Lion Brand Hometown USA

100% Acrylic; 57 yards/142 grams; $3.80/100 grams



Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky

76% Acrylic/20% Alpaca/4% Rayon; 65 yards/100 grams; $4.70/100 grams



All Things You Yarn

50% Acrylic/50% Wool; 71 yards/100 grams; $4.93/100 grams



Yarnspirations Bernat Beyond

85% Acrylic/15% Nylon; 67 yards/120 grams; $4.99/100 grams



Stylecraft Swift Knit Super Chunky

80% Acrylic/20% Wool; 66 yards/100 grams; $5.50/100 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 Windy Shores Hat? 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 @flockfibre), and on Ravelry (link your yarn and pattern on your project page)!


Learn more about the Windy Shores Hat knitting pattern here.

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