Put a hat on it!
Hats are the perfect knitting project for any time of year. They’re small enough to tote around and so wonderful for gift-giving. And I never seem to have enough hat patterns around, so I was super happy to get The Knitted Hat Book. There are twenty great hat patterns in this book, so I think I should be all set!
I love, love, love tams; they seem to look best on my basketball-shaped head, giving me a little more shape. I especially like the Sterling Lace Tam by Heather Zoppetti, below middle.
The Sterling Lace Tam is elegant, and knit with silvery gray wool and silk blend (Stitch Sprouts Yellowstone), it’s even more luxe. The leaf lace pattern works into a stunning flower on the crown. It’s gorgeous. I have a lace tam I knit a couple of years ago and it’s been a beloved part of my winter wardrobe, but I think I need to add the Sterling Lace Tam to my hat collection—I’ve almost worn my old hat out!
Heather has a hint for blocking this hat, a “hat trick,” if you will: “When blocking a hat over a plate, thread yarn between the brim and body to cinch tight. This keeps the brim from stretching out.” I like this tip a lot. Blocking tams or berets on a dinner plate is a great idea, but you do have to be careful not to stretch out the brim, and this is a great way to ensure that it stays snug.
The other two hats that I want to talk about today are the Revolve Beanie by Robin Ulrich and the Timber Cabled Toque by Meghan Babin.
Subtly colorful stripes—three wide or six skinny, depending on your preference—encircle the Revolve beanie. Each stripe is worked in a stranded pattern of heathery yarns, creating a graphic, yet understated, effect.
Robin’s hat trick is about joining stitches: “When joining stitches to work a hat in the round, it helps to first lay the work on a flat surface in front of you to ensure your stitches are not
Meghan’s toque is all cozy cables and wool warmth. If you’re new to cable knitting, you’ll get plenty of practice with these meandering stitches.
Meghan’s tip is about fitting hats: “Fitting hats correctly has always been my Achilles’ heel, both as a beginning knitter and as a designer. If the gauge isn’t just right, the hat will either squeeze your head or fall down to your nose when least expected. So always be sure to swatch and get gauge!” You might not think you need to check gauge when beginning a hat, but it’s important to make sure your hat will fit. I’ve had a too-small hat pop right off my head, never to be worn again. Not good.
One of the super-fun patterns in The Knitted Hat Book is from Alexis Winslow. It’s the Frolic Paperbag Hat—perfect for those with long hair.
Check out how the pony tail comes out of the back of the hat! Complementary colors and a tasseled drawstring add to the irreverent effect. This is cute even without a ponytail through the gathered opening!
Join me in my hat-knitting pursuit and get The Hat Knitting Book today.
P.S. Which of these hats strikes your fancy? Leave a comment below and let me know!