Give the warmest of welcomes to Cashmere Tend, Purl Soho’s very first 100% cashmere collection. As soft and pure and beautiful as we can imagine, we’re very excited to share this gorgeous yarn with you!

Essential Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

Cashmere Tend is a classic worsted weight, which makes it just right for totally toasty accessories. We think simple is a good place to begin, and our Essential Hat, Mittens + Hand Warmers are just that. Utterly timeless and clearly special, they are perfect for traipsing through the falling leaves and later, for dashing through the snow.

Essential Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

Choose from 18 lovely colors, from autumn-bright Coquelicot Orange to winter-sleep Nocturne Blue. We designed the entire palette to pay homage to the lore and tradition of cashmere yarn while indulging in our love for nature and its complex shades.

Essential Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

The cashmere fiber itself comes from hundreds of small farms in the mountainous plateaus of Inner Mongolia and northeastern China. It is traceable from the pasturing region but not from individual farms. For us, such specificity proved hard to find in that remote and rural region, but we can say that from the sorting facility through the spinning and dying processes, our cashmere is closely traced to ensure its very fine quality.

Essential Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

Profoundly beautiful and incredibly soft, we can’t think of a better way to welcome fall than with this very special yarn… Enjoy its pleasures!

Essential Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

Essential Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho

Hat

We knit our samples in the following sizes and colors…

  • Baby: Heirloom White
  • Toddler: Blue Tourmaline
  • Kid: Gray Spruce
  • Adult Small: Wild Hyacinth
  • Adult Large: Nocturne Blue

Hand Warmers

We knit our samples in the following sizes and colors…

  • Adult Medium: Wild Hyacinth
  • Adult Large: Nocturne Blue

Mittens

We knit our sample in the Adult Medium size and used the color Gray Spruce.

Gauge

18 stitches and 28 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Sizes

Hat

Baby (Toddler, Kid, Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 12 (14¾, 16, 18¾, 20) inches
  • Finished Height: 6½ (7½, 8½, 9, 10) inches with rolled edge, instructions to modify

Hand Warmers + Mittens

Kid/Junior (Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference At Wrist: 5 (5¾, 6½, 7) inches
  • Finished Circumference At Palm: 6 (7, 7¼, 8¼) inches
  • Hand Warmers Finished Length From Cuff To End: 5½ (6½, 7½, 9) inches with rolled edges, instructions to modify
  • Mittens Finished Length From Cuff To Tip: 7¾ (8¾, 10, 11½) inches with rolled edge, instructions to modify

Notes

Kfb (Knit Front And Back)

Knit into front and then into back of same stitch.

For a video tutorial, please visit our Knit Back and Front Tutorial.

Lifted Increase

RLI (Right Lifted Increase): Lift right leg of stitch below next stitch on left needle onto left needle and knit it. [1 stitch increased]

LLI (Left Lifted Increase): Lift left leg of stitch 2 rows below stitch on right needle onto left needle and knit it through the back loop. [1 stitch increased]

For more information on these techniques, please visit our Lifted Increase Tutorial.

Make 1 Backwards Loop

With working yarn, create a loop so the strand of yarn closer to the ball of yarn is in front, insert needle from front to back of loop. Pull tight on needle to secure stitch on needle.

For more information on this technique, please visit our Make 1 Backwards Loop Tutorial.

Hat Pattern

Crown

Cast 6 stitches onto three double pointed needles. Distribute stitches evenly among needles.

Place unique marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

NOTE: For Kid, Adult Small, and Adult Large sizes, change to 16-inch circular needles when necessary.

Round 1: [Kfb (see Notes)] 6 times. [12 total stitches: 4 stitches on each needle]

Round 2: Knit to end of round.

Round 3: *K1, RLI (see Notes), knit to last stitch on needle, LLI (see Notes), repeat from * to end of round. [6 stitches increased]

Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 six (8, 9, 9, 9) more times. [54 (66, 72, 72, 72) stitches]

Adult Small + Adult Large Only

Rounds 1 and 2: Knit to end of round.

Round 3: *K1, RLI, knit to last stitch on needle, LLI, repeat from * to end of round. [6 stitches increased]

Repeat Rounds 1–3 – (-, -, 1, 2) more time(s). [- (-, -, 84, 90) stitches]

Body

Continue in stockinette stitch, knitting each round, until piece measures 7 (8, 9, 9½, 10½) inches from cast-on edge, with edge unrolled (edge will roll approximately ½ inch), or to desired height.

Bind off all stitches loosely knitwise.

Hand Warmer + Mittens Pattern

Wrist

Cast 23 (26, 29, 32) stitches onto three double pointed needles. [Needle 1: 7 (8, 9, 10) stitches; Needle 2: 9 (10, 11, 12) stitches; Needle 3: 7 (8, 9, 10) stitches]

Knit every round until piece measures 1 (1, 1½, 2) inch(es) from cast-on edge, with edge unrolled (edge will roll approximately ½ inch), or to desired Wrist length.

Gusset

Round 1: K1, RLI (see Notes), knit to last stitch, LLI (see Notes). [2 stitches increased]

Rounds 2-4: Knit to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 four (5, 5, 6) more times. [33 (38, 41, 46) total stitches; Needle 1: 12 (14, 15, 17) stitches; Needle 2: 9 (10, 11, 12) stitches; Needle 3: 12 (14, 15, 17) stitches]

Thumb Hole

Set-Up Round 1: K4 (4, 5, 5) stitches, place previous 4 (4, 5, 5) stitches on scrap yarn, knit to last 3 (4, 4, 5) stitches, place next 3 (4, 4, 5) stitches onto same scrap yarn, use an Make 1 Backwards Loop (see Notes) to cast 1 stitch onto Needle 3. [27 (31, 33, 37) stitches remain; Needle 1: 8 (10, 10, 12) stitches; Needle 2: 9 (10, 11, 12) stitches; Needle 3: 10 (11, 12, 13) stitches]

Palm

Resume working in the round and continue in stockinette stitch, knitting each round, until Palm measures 2¼ (2½, 3, 3½) inches from Thumb Hole, or to desired Palm length.

Hand Warmers Only

Bind off all stitches loosely knitwise.

Continue on to Thumb section, below.

Mittens Only

Continue in stockinette stitch until Palm measures 2¾ (3½, 3½, 4) inches from Thumb Hole, or until piece measures 1¼ (1¼, 1½, 1½) inches from desired total length.

Top, Mittens Only

Set Up For Left Mittens

Set-Up Round: Needle 1: k3 (3, 3, 4), place marker (pm), k4 (5, 5, 6), slip 2 stitches from Needle 1 to Needle 2; Needle 2: k4 (5, 6, 6) pm, k5 (5, 5, 6), slip 2 stitches from Needle 2 to Needle 3; Needle 3: k4 (5, 6, 6), pm, 5 (6, 6, 7), slip 2 (2, 3, 2) stitches from Needle 3 to Needle 1. [Needle 1: 9 (10, 11, 12) stitches; Needle 2: 9 (10, 11, 12); Needle 3: 9 (11, 11, 13) stitches]

Set Up Top Right Mittens

Set-Up Round: Needle 1: k6 (8, 8, 9), pm, k3 (2, 2, 3), k2 (3, 4, 3) stitches from Needle 2 onto Needle 1; Needle 2: k4 (5, 5, 6), pm, k3 (2, 2, 3), k2 (3, 4, 3) stitches from Needle 3 onto Needle 2; Needle 3: k4 (5, 5, 6), pm, k3 (3, 3, 4), k2 (3, 3, 3) stitches from Needle 1 onto Needle 3. [Needle 1: 9 (10 (11, 12) stitches; Needle 2: 9 (10, 11, 12); Needle 3: 9 (11, 11, 13) stitches]

Both Mittens

Round 1: [Knit to 2 stitches before next marker, k2tog, sm, ssk, knit to end of needle] 3 times. [6 stitches decreased]

Round 2: Knit to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 two (2, 3, 3) more times. [9 (13, 9, 13) stitches remain; Needle 1: 3 (4, 3, 4) stitches; Needle 2: 3 (4, 3, 4) stitches; Needle 3: 3 (5, 3, 5) stitches]

Kid/Junior And Adult Medium Sizes Only, Left Mitten

Next Round: *K2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of round (removing stitch markers as you work). [6 stitches remain]

Kid/Junior And Adult Medium Sizes Only, Right Mitten

Next Round: *K1, ssk, repeat from * to end of round (removing stitch markers as you work). [6 stitches remain]

Adult Small And Adult Large Sizes Only, Both Mittens

Next Round: *K2tog, ssk, repeat to last stitch (removing stitch markers as you work), k1. [7 stitches remain]

All Sizes

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread tail on tapestry needle and draw through remaining stitches twice. Pull tight and bring needle to inside of Mitten. Weave in end to secure.

Thumb

Place the 7 (8, 9, 10) Thumb stitches onto 2 double pointed needles. [Needle 1: 4 (4, 4, 5) stitches; Needle 2: 3 (4, 5, 5) stitches]

With right side facing you and beginning with right-most Thumb stitch, join new strand of yarn.

Set-Up Round: Needles 1 and 2: Knit to end of needle; with Needle 3, pick up and knit 1 stitch into stitch to the left of Make 1 Backwards Loop cast-on stitch, pick up and knit 1 stitch from the cast-on stitch, then pick up and knit 1 stitch to the right of cast-on stitch. [10 (11, 12, 13) stitches; Needle 1: 4 (4, 4, 5) stitches; Needle 2: 3 (4, 5, 5) stitches; Needle 3: 3 stitches]

Join for working in the round.

Continue in stockinette stitch until Thumb measures 1¼ (1¼, 1½, 1¾) inches.

Hand Warmers Only

Bind off all stitches loosely knitwise.

Continue on to Finishing section, below.

Mittens Only

Continue in stockinette stitch until Thumb measures 1¾ (1¾, 2, 2¼) inches, or to desired Thumb length.

Round 1: K1 (2, 2, 3), k2tog, ssk, K1 (1, 2, 2) k2tog, ssk. [6 (7, 8, 9) stitches]

Round 2: Knit to end of round.

Adult Large Size Only

Next Round: K1, [k2tog, ssk] twice. [5 stitches]

Next Round: Knit to end of round.

All Sizes

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread tail on tapestry needle and draw through remaining stitches twice. Pull tight and bring needle to inside of Thumb. Weave in end to secure.

Finishing

Weave in the ends, being sure to close up the small gap in between the Palm and Thumb.

Make a second Mitten or Hand Warmer and block both as desired.

Essential Hat, Mitten + Hand Warmer Set | Purl Soho