It still feels like summer outside, but I’ve been inspired by all the new fall hat patterns coming out (not to mention all the yummy yarns!) Here are some of my latest – one thing I love about hats, they’re one-skein yarn projects (so you can keep buying all those new yarns you love!) that can almost always be finished in an evening.
First up – the Techno Hat, a free one-size pattern from Blue Sky Alpacas. This pattern was released to showcase one of Blue Sky’s new yarns, Techno (120 yards of 68% baby alpaca, 10% extra fine merino, and 22% silk). I used colors Aquarius, Lounge Purple, and Atomic Green, with a plan to use some of the other “retro” colors to add to this hat collection.
I knit the ribbed brim on US 9 16” circular (the pattern called for US 8, which I didn’t have), the body of the hat on US 10 1/2 16” circular, and the top decreases on US 10 dpns. This was a fast, easy knit, with some interesting smocking, and I like the feel of the new yarn – no splitting, just as advertised.
Next up is the Chunky Dean Street Hat, a free pattern I chose off of Ravelry so that I could use Rowan Cocoon, a yarn I fell in love with while browsing at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on Bainbridge Island. I used one skein of color Tundra (80% merino wool, 20% kid mohair) and knit size M with the ribbed brim, using US 9s throughout.
I had yarn leftover and didn’t want to knit another hat, so I started on my own version of a scarf – okay, not really a scarf, more like a neckwarmer. I cast on 22 sts, then knit in seed stitch. I ran out of the Rowan yarn too soon, but I found a very close color and gauge match in my stash – Cascade 128 Superwash (100% superwash wool) in color 1926. I had just enough to knit a second half to the neckwarmer, then added a button I bought at this year’s Sock Summit from this wonderful pottery studio. I folded the neckwarmer over so that it has a little more flair and doesn’t ride up so high on my neck – no need for a buttonhole, the button could easily push through anywhere in the bulky yarn seed stitch.
Finally, just for fun, I knit the Sweetie Pie Hat, a free pattern on each skein of Be Sweet Bambino Taffy (100 yards of 70% organically grown cotton, 30% bamboo, handmade in South Africa). The color is Salt Water Taffy – knit on US 6 16” circulars and dpns. I skipped the provisional cast-on (not my favorite!) and knit size 6-18 months, using up pretty much the entire skein. Self-striping yarns like this are fun to see how they knit up!