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.)

I made the Leaves Long Beanie (designed by Melissa LaBarre) for my younger daughter Gianna. The stitch pattern was simple to knit, but had just enough variation to keep the knitting interesting.

 

 

 

 

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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.

IMG_0618What I particularly love about the hat is the decreases at the top that form a flower shape.

IMG_0578The garter-based diamond pattern is particularly well-suited for a cowl or scarf. For my cowl, I used a provisional cast-on and grafted the two ends together.

IMG_0626IMG_0630Okay, I admit that the cowl took me longer than one weekend to knit but it still went pretty quickly. For me, anyway (I’m not the world’s fastest knitter).

 

IMG_0634I 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!

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