Stashbushing Christmas presents

Spud & Chloe stash men's hat 1

Men are more difficult to knit presents for – hats seems to be a pretty safe bet, and, as an added benefit, they’re quick to knit and don’t require much yarn, so I have a chance to use up leftovers.

Spud & Chloe men's stash hat 2

This hat is knit from Spud & Chloe Sweater (colors lake and toast) and Lornas Laces Shepherd Worsted (color jeans). They are both superwash yarns – the first is a blend of wool and cotton, the second 100% wool. I knit on US 9 16” circulars and US 8 dpns to finish off the top – here’s the simple pattern I used:

CO 100 sts – K3 P2 until 5.75
Row 1: (K3, P2, K2tog, K1, P2) – repeat until end of row (90 sts)
Row 2: (K3, P2, K2tog, P2) – repeat (80 sts)
Row 3: (K3, P2, P2tog, P1) – repeat (70 sts)
Row 4: (K3, P2, P2tog) – repeat (60 sts)
Row 5: (K3, P1, P2tog) – repeat (50 sts)
Row 6: (K2tog, K1, P2) – repeat (40 sts)
Row 7: (K2tog, P2) – repeat (30 sts)
Row 8: (K2tog, P1) – repeat (20 sts)
Row 9: (K2tog) – repeat (10 sts)
Row 10: (K2tog) – repeat (5 sts)

Thread yarn through remaining sts – pull tight and weave in. I alternated between the three different yarns randomly – I really like how it looked to use two solids (the Spud yarn) and one variegated (the Lornas Laces yarn). What luck that the variegated colors in the Lornas yarn exactly match the two Spud yarns! I guess it says something about the size of my stash that I have enough yarns to come up with such exact matches . . .

Malabrigo men's stash hat 1

The second hat took a lot more time, given the complicated cabling – the pattern is Knotty but Nice hat, in Knitty Winter 2009. The yarn is leftover Malabrigo Twist (color lettuce) – I had almost a full skein left but had to finish the last couple rounds at the top with a different yarn, can you tell? I used US 7 16” circulars. Great yarn for this pattern, and a beautiful outcome, but more time-consuming than your average hat!

Malabrigo men's stash hat 2

I ran out of yarn at the very end and had to finish up with a different yarn from my stash – can you tell? Imagine the size of my stash, that I could find another yarn this exact gauge, fiber, and (almost matching) color!

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