Make a Hat (and Matching Cowl) in a Weekend
Whenever I discover a book like Weekend Hats, I immediately want it in my library. A collection such as this, with 25 hats of varying stitch patterns and construction techniques from several talented designers, is just too good to pass up.
Not only do hats make great gifts, but they also help to put a dent in my ever-growing stash of single and double skeins. And I usually have just enough left over to make a matching cowl or scarf. (Most of the patterns can be adapted pretty easily from circular to flat knitting.)
For this hat, I used Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Cobalt. Gianna likes hats that are very slouchy, so I made it a bit looser than the one in the book.
I tend to be a loose knitter, so I actually used a smaller needle size than the one called for in the pattern and still ended up with a looser gauge.
I have several projects picked out from this book and I’ve already started on my next hat/cowl combo: The Greenery Beret (also by Melissa LaBarre).
Not only does the book contain some great patterns, it also has a lot of helpful tips scattered throughout, from how to use lifelines, choose yarns and achieve the best fit, to tips on swatching, colorwork, and finishing. Weekend Hats is on sale now, but won’t be for long, so pick up your copy today!