Today’s attempts at getting modeling shots with a goofy 12-year-old . . .
This is a nice one-skein project – perfect if you needed to make a whole bunch of hats for gift-giving.
I knit this hat with the “party favor” mini-skeins we received in our goodie bags at this fall’s Plucky Gone Glamping retreat. The yarn is Plucky’s Primo Fingering and I had 200 yards each of It’s Not Baroque and Small Batch 020. I wanted to knit a worsted weight hat, so I knit with the yarn double-stranded, and just barely had enough to finish.
The pattern is Scout by Plucky Knitter, knit on US 5s (ribbing) and US 7s. It came out perfectly sized – I like it with a lot of slouch to it – but the portions knit in the Small Batch color were very poofy, and I didn’t like how they kind of stood out from the hat, so I wet blocked it. That solved the poofy problem, but it GREW SO MUCH, even though I was very careful not to stretch it at all! I mean, this thing doubled in size . . . undeterred, I threw it into the dryer when it was still damp. It took forty minutes in the dryer at high heat to get it to even a manageable size. I still think it’s too too slouchy, but at least I can live with it now.
My advice: don’t block!
My youngest daughter has decided that wearing hats is her newest fashion statement, and she particularly loves blues, which gave me an excuse to buy some gorgeous Plucky yarns and indulge in the immediate gratification of hat knitting . . .
It amazes me how much longer it takes to knit a slouchy hat – I usually prefer the fit to the close-fitting hats, but the fit of a slouchy hat is dicey – either it works perfectly, or the end sticks up in the air and just looks like I have an elongated head 🙂
Quick to knit, fun to combine colors and bases, oh-so-soft and a great fit . . . the perfect hat!
Pattern: Morning Walk Hat
Yarn: 1 skein of Woolfolk Tynd (color 01) and 1 skein of Woolfolk Sno (color 01 + 11) – knit double-stranded
Size: The smaller of the two size options
Needles: US 3s (brim) and US 5s (the pattern called for US 4s, but all I had in 16″ circulars was US 5s, and they didn’t seem to change the fit at all)
I usually wouldn’t be knitting hats in August, but this was a quick test knit for Thea Coleman of Baby Cocktails, and a great way to use up some stash yarn . . .
Pattern: Anchor Steam hat
Yarn: Julie Asselin’s Nurtured (less than one skein each of the MC and CC colors)
Needles: US 5s (ribbing) and US 6s
I love how Thea uses short rows to make the ribbing wider in the front than in the back – this helps the hat “slouch” better and lets it sit more comfortably on your head. And, I think it’s beautiful knit in these neutrals!
I couldn’t resist this beautiful skein of yarn from Camellia Fiber Company:
Yarn: CFC handspun polwarth/merino/silk art yarn – 80 yards
Needles: US 10 1/2s
Pattern: C/O 48 sts – join in the round – (Ktbl2, P2) around until at measures 9″ from cast-on edge
Round 1 – (Ktbl2, Ptog) around
Round 2 – (Ktbl2, P1) around
Round 3 – (Ktogtbl, P1) around
Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches – done!
I bought these Plucky colors last autumn, with no projects in mind, but how could I refuse such gorgeous fall hues? The Plucky Traveler Aran in Weekend in New England became Lambing Mitts (size medium) on US 7s:
The Primo Aran in Make a Grown Man Cry (love this color!) became Ripple Effect Fingerless Gloves on US 6s and US 7s:
The Primo Worsted in In a Pickle became Raw Honey fingerless mitts (size small – 7″) on US 6s and US 7s:
and the hat – my attempt at showing how beautifully these three colors combine is Varia (size small) knit on US 7s (for ribbing) and US 9s:Pin It
I chose these patterns to show off the beautiful new Clara Yarn, Cormo 3.0 – Sheep (bulky weight). I used most of 3 skeins (120 yds/ea) on the shawl, and the fourth skein on the hat.
Shawl pattern: Maya’s shawl, knit on US 10s
Hat pattern: Fidra hat, knit on US 9s and US 10 1/2s
The shawl lace knit in this bulky weight yarn blocked out beautifully – it opened up but didn’t seem to grow much. But warning: the hat grew HUGE! I mean, it must have doubled in size! I had to throw it in the dryer for over half an hour, just to get it somewhere in the vicinity of the right size. I was really bummed because it fit perfectly before blocking. Had I to do it over again, I would not have blocked the hat – it looked just as beautiful pre-blocking.Pin It
To use up some of my Scholar scraps, and to coordinate with my new Maritime sweater . . .
Yarn: Plucky Scholar 2.0 – colors Wintery Mix, Magnet & Steel, and Barn Door
Needles: US 5s (ribbing) and US 7s
Pattern: C/O 96 sts – K1P1 ribbing to 1 1/2″, then change to larger needles, increase by 6 sts, and knit 4 rounds straight. Then I began the pattern motif from Leef’s Ear Flap Hat, but as an 8-stitch repeat (doubling each stitch as set forth on the pattern). I followed the pattern alteration from Steven’s Grayscale Hat to get a return to the original color before beginning the decreases. I then knit straight until 9″ and began decreases.
I placed a marker every 17 sts, and K2tog before each marker and ask after each marker every round until I reached 18 sts. Then I cut the yarn and pulled it through the remaining stitches.
I’ve yet to find the hat pattern that achieves the perfect slouch – enough so that it doesn’t end up standing straight up on my head later in the day, like some odd goiter, but not so slouchy that it looks like it’s melting off my head, or like I made a beret with way too much fabric. This one is a little stiff – probably because it’s knit in Scholar. Oh well, maybe if I keep pulling it down into a slouch, it will start to stay that way.Pin It
Continuing my love affair with cables right now . . .
Pattern: Father Cables hat
Yarn: YOTH Father in Caviar
Size: S/M fitted
Needles: US 5s and US 7s
I used my leftovers from my Wickerwork sweater to knit this one – it came together quickly, and took less than one skein. The yarn feels soft yet substantial, and the fit is good on both men and women.Pin It
I knit up a pair of these stocking caps for my youngest daughter and her best buddy. At least she is still willing to have fun modeling my FOs!
Yarn: Camellia Fiber Company Merino Handspun (approx 80 yds) – color Birthday Cake
Needles: US 13s
Pattern: Pointy Elf Hat from Purl Soho’s More Last-Minute Knitted GiftsPin It
My first entry for this month’s Fringe Hatalong:
Yarn: I intended to buy Cumbria, the beautiful yarn featured in the pattern, but I was seduced by Bumblebirch Forage, beautifully dyed by a local indie dyer right here in Portland. The yarn is 220 yards of superwash merino in color Cranberry.
Needles: US 4s (brim) and US 6s
I really enjoyed knitting this pattern – the cables are fun and interesting, and although it takes a little longer than I originally anticipated because of the 4″ of ribbed brim, it never got boring or tedious. I’m tempted to knit another in Cumbria . . .Pin It
Pattern: PK Marled hat
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran in Papier and Scholar in Magnet & Steel (one skein each – plenty left over) – knit double-stranded
Needles: US 7s (ribbing on brim) and US 10 1/2s
This was a fun way to play with colors and bases, but I’m not that crazy about the pattern. First, knitting these two worsted / heavy worsted yarns double-stranded on US 10 1/2s makes for a very thick fabric – I’d be inclined to go up a few needle sizes next time (and down on the number of cast-on stitches) to make the fabric feel a little softer.
Second, I thought the hat turned out huge – the brim isn’t as tight as I’d like it to be, and the body of the hat is big and floppy. It’s like it can’t tell if it wants to be a tight-fitting beanie (which is the shape of it) or a flopped-over toque (which is how it ends up fitting).
Finally, I don’t like the finishing instructions – on the pattern, you just knit to 9 inches and then cut the yarn, run a strand through all of the live stitches, and cinch tight. I physically couldn’t get the yarn to do that because of the heaviness of double-stranded worsted yarn and the idea of cinching up approximately 100 stitches. So, I went back and knit a few more rounds of K2tog all the way around, until the number of stitches was reduced to a more manageable number. I still don’t think it makes for a very attractive fit, because it goes from big to cinched-up so quickly, but at least I was able to actually cinch the hole closed.
So, notes for next time: (1) bigger needles, (2) smaller number of cast-on stitches, and (3) more shaping at the top.Pin It
Pattern: Gone Glamping by The Plucky Knitter
Yarn: One skein (with some leftover) of Plucky Primo Aran in color Fat Fish Blue
Needles: 16″ circulars – US 5s (ribbing) and US 7s
Gorgeous color! I love the hat pattern, but the stitch pattern for the non-cabled section was really hard on my hands after a while. Also, I thought it would be a little more slouchy – I think I would do one more six-round pattern repeat if I was to knit it again.Pin It
Yarn: Bare Naked Wool Stone Soup DK, color Marble
Needles: US 5s (ribbing) and 6s
I used my leftovers from this cabled sweater to knit a hat in one evening – I think the yarn shows off the stitch definition beautifully. It’s wonderfully lightweight, but warm at the same time – my only problem is that it’s so light, it seems to have trouble tamping down all of my hair, and instead is inclined to slowly slip up and off 🙂 To try to combat this, I’ve blocked it to stretch out the top a little bit.
I knit size small because I wanted a close beanie fit, instead of the little bit of slouch that shows up in some of the pattern photos.Pin It
Purl Soho’s new Line Weight yarn (100% merino wool) is wonderful-feeling stuff, and it knits up beautifully – it is incredibly soft, with just a little halo around it. This project called for the yarn to be held doubled throughout, and I am very glad for that, because it is so fine and thin, I think it would take forever to finish a single-strand project!
As it is, this hat took a while, given that it’s knit on US 4s and the entire thing is a K1 P1 ribbed pattern. The pattern is available here and I used one skein each of colors Heirloom White and Cardamom Green.
I knit size Women’s medium / Men’s small, but I had to use US 4s (instead of the recommended US 3s) because that was all I had available. Although I took care to knit with a tight gauge, given how stretchy the resulting fabric is, I should have knit one size smaller – even if I was on US 3s. The FO might be a better fit on my husband than me – it fits me fine, just not as snugly as I would like.
I absolutely love the marled look – this is one of those projects that, if only I had the time, I would knit in every color, just to see how it came out! Because each skein is a whopping 494 yards, I have enough left for another hat – if anyone wants to knit one for themselves, I’d be happy to send you the yarn and the pattern link 🙂Pin It
Yarn: Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino (100% super bulky wool) – 87 yds/ea
Needles: US 10s (16″ circulars) and US 11 dpns for hat, US 11s (32″ circulars) for scarf
I bought a Purl Bee kit in colorway Winterberry with one skein of yarn in each of the following colors: Clementine Orange, Red Zinnia, Paprika Red, Pink Grapefruit, Heirloom White, Storm Grey, and Oyster Grey. For the hat, I knit five rounds of each color, which gave me a pretty even distribution of all seven colors. For the scarf, aside from cast-on and cast-off, I knit five rows of each color, which gave me a good scarf width, and also meant that I alternated which end I started a new color on, which let the color-change purl bumps show through on both sides.
I knit the women’s size hat, and for the scarf, I cast on 171 sts and garter stitch 35 rows total before casting off.
Extremely quick projects – thanks to the super bulky weight – and the FOs are very soft and warm! Even after knitting both the scarf and hat, I have approx 50 grams left of each color – this would definitely be enough to knit another hat, maybe even a scarf . . . is there anyone out there who would have some use for this yarn? If there’s anyone who can give these skeins a good home, let me know and I’d be happy to mail them to you 🙂Pin It
This hat knit up so fast, it’s the perfect Christmas gift! It is only in child’s size – it barely fits my nine-year-old, a snug fit but I imagine it will stretch a little – but if you had a lot of kids on your gift list, you could knit up a whole pile of these in a week’s time.
Pattern: Traveling Cable Hat from the Purl Bee
Yarn: Purl Soho Super Soft Merino in Paprika Red (super bulky 100% merino wool – 87 yds) – I used almost all of one skein, but had enough left over at the end that I was never worried about being able to finish
Needles: US 11s (ribbing) and US 13s (body of the hat) – 16″ circulars, and then US 13 dpns for the decreases at the crownPin It