Four Knitted Hats and a Cowl

Gift knitting time is here for some of you, and fast approaching for many. So I thought I’d pull together some ideas for you.

I settled on knitted hats because they’re fast, stylish, and customizable, and the cowl I chose is so lovely I couldn’t resist! So without further ado, here you go.

Knitted Hats and a knit cowl pattern

From top right: Transistor Hat, Amperes Hat, Riga Bonnet, Eloen Cowl, Morgantown Hat

All five of these patterns are from Knitscene Accessories 2013, and each of them is special in some way. Here’s why I chose them.

Transistor Hat by Ann McDonald Kelly—You can make this hat in any color combo you can imagine. It’s shaped with short-rows, and the whole thing is knit in garter stitch. The hat shown above is knit in three colors, and I love how each of them stand out because of the garter ridges. This is a great hat for men or women.

Amperes Hat by Talitha Kuomi—This hat is worked modularly in three triangles, and then stitched together. Talitha’s construction is pretty cool; each triangle is worked from tip to base, and then live stitches from the base of each triangle are joined to knit in the round for the brim. The inherent stretchiness of the lace pattern makes this hat work as a slouch hat, which is so fashionable these days!

Riga Bonnet by Allyson Dykhuizen—If you love working Latvian Braids, or if you want to learn how to make them, this darling bonnet is the pattern for you. The entire brim is worked back and forth in rows in a Latvian Braid pattern. Then the stitches are joined and the crown shaping is worked in the round. What a perfect hat for the young women in your life! It has a slight vintage-hipster vibe that will be appreciated. Allyson provides a detailed tutorial on knitting Latvian Braids, so this technique is totally doable for advanced beginner knitters and beyond.

Eloen Cowl by Moira Engel—What’s cozier than a large, lacy cowl? Not much. Beautiful Eloen is knit on size 9 needles, so it’s a relatively fast knit, which is why I felt okay about including a somewhat large project as a knit gift pattern recommendation. This cowl is knit flat and the two ends are grafted together after the knitting is complete. There’s a nice grafting how-to lesson included, with pictures!, so never fear. We’ve got your back. I would love to get this as a gift! How about you?

Morgantown Hat by Bonnie Sennott—You can have several of these knit up in a couple of weeks. And they’re truly unisex; just chose your colors accordingly. The chain colorwork is done with slipped stitches—you only use one color per row! And that little I-cord loop is the perfect topper. I think this hat is so modern and cool. Love it for teens and college-age kids.

So there you have it, the first of what I’m sure will be a series of gift ideas from me to you.

Get all of these patterns plus many more in Knitscene Accessories 2013 for 60 percent off through Sunday! Can’t beat that.


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