knitting hats

one of the lovely parts of winter is all the hand-knit hat options. nothing is better than a perfectly cozy knit hat. i realized this weekend i’ve knit myself 6 hats in the last year and i appear to have 3 in the same camel color. i guess i was really on a camel kick for awhile. i might need to give one or two of those away.

hats are always a fun knit because they are usually pretty simple and immediately gratifying because they don’t take too long. i knit my brother’s girlfriend two hats for christmas this year: this one and a version of this. i love slouchy hats and have knit this pattern 3 times now, along with a few cabled versions that i can’t find the patterns for anymore.

last week, while picking out yarn for a few more hats (some for late holiday gifts, some for me), i bought this book. i rarely buy knitting books because i’m extremely picky about what knitting patterns i’ll work with and it’s rare for me to find a book with more than one pattern in it that i would ever knit, but i found three hat patterns i loved right away and went for it. i’m currently working on the hat pattern called sapphire toque. (fun fact: toque is french for cap, specifically one with a small brim, worn during Revolutionary-era France.) the cap has a folded hem worked in to the pattern, which involves creating a hem by folding the first 12 rows knit back into the cast-on stitches and knitting them together. (a time-consuming process but well worth it.)  i’m knitting the cap in a deep ruby red of 70% baby alpaca and 30% merino wool. i’m not much in to having feathers and gems on winter caps, so i’m going to trade them out for a solid button or maybe a leather snap i can make myself. we’ll see.

can’t wait to wear it.



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One Comment

  1. beth
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    So often I knit hats for the pure satisfaction of binding off a project in the midst of working on something bigger so I avoid using tiny yarn, but these patterns are beautiful & night just inspire me to get over my love of worsted or bigger!

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