Fast Knitting, Easy Style: The Southmoor Hat
Katie Himmelberg is a former editor of Knitscene and more recently has been our stylist for our photoshoots. I wrote a bit about Katie's approach to styling in our Winter 2011 issue, but months ago, while we were photographing our Fall issue, Katie fell in love with Erica Jackofsky's Southmoor Hat and had to knit one for herself. Here's Katie to talk about her process.
As a knitter, one of the most fun parts about styling the Knitscene shoots is being able to see all the new projects! With each issue, I fall in love with more projects than I have time to knit, but when we were shooting the Fall 2011 issue, I fell hard for the Southmoor Hat and figured I had the time to knit a hat.
With its flapperesque style, cute vintage buttons, and lacy trim, the Southmoor Hat is just plain adorable, but I wasn't sure it'd be cute with my short hair. A quick peek in the mirror (in lieu of being able to check out various entries on Ravelry) with the sample hat on my head led me to be pleasantly surprised and I loved the pattern even more.
I knit the hat in Green Mountain Spinnery's Cotton Comfort in Storm. Grey knits are big in my closet right now! Neutrals are so versatile and I find that I get the most use out of my neutral colored knits. Plus I am just drawn to the natural-looking colors of wooly yarn. So that was an easy choice to make.
After swatching, I found I could use the needles stated in the pattern, and I followed the pattern as written until I got to the buttonband. I didn't think that I would be wearing the hat unbuttoned so I decided to omit the buttonholes and just sew the buttons permanently in place through both layers of the placket. This way I could also choose my buttons after the hat was complete, and use the ones that looked best regardless of their size. I chose three vintage-looking flower buttons for my hat. You could personalize your hat with your button choices; cover the placket with a bunch of mismatched buttons, choose a variety of sizes, or omit the buttons and work an embroidery design on the placket. I think this hat looks great on a lot of people and is a lot of fun to personalize!