The cutest knitted hat ever!

    
Side Slip Cloche from Boutique Knits

I knit my mom a hat for new year's day—it was supposed to be a Christmas present, but I couldn't get it done amongst all the other hats on the needles.

It's the Side Slip Cloche from Laura Irwin's Boutique Knits, one of my favorite knitting books out there.

My mom's favorite color is red, and I thought she needed a little bling, so I chose a red yarn with bits of silver speckled throughout. It's Kollage Glisten and it really knits up beautifully.

This hat was easy to make; even thought the ruffle looks a little difficult, it's not. What you do is knit the lager ruffle (the one on the bottom) first and put it on a holder, and then knit the second ruffle. When you're ready to continue on to the band, you knit the large ruffle and the small ruffle together and then begin knitting the ribbed band. Easy-peasy!

To knit the top of the hat, you join the ruffle to the end of the band and then pick up stitches all around the band to start knitting the hat in the round. There's some increasing cleverly placed on either side of the hat to give it that cloche look that's so flattering.

   
My mom in her Side Slip Cloche

My mom is one of those people who looks good in hats, so I knew this would be super cute on her. And it is! She wears it all the time—even to the grocery store.

I got a text from Mom a couple day's ago saying that two people at Safeway stopped her about the hat, one asking where she got it and the other simply saying, "Great hat!"

Great hat indeed! And since this hat is designed for worsted-weight yarn, so it'll probably work with something you already have in your stash.

A Must-Make Bag

There's a second pattern from Boutique Knits that gives me that "I must cast on immediately!" feeling—the Half-Felted Bag. It's such a unique pattern—so inventive, which can describe every piece in the book, actually!

    
Half-Felted Bag from Boutique Knits

The bag body of the bag is knitted up and felted, and then the sides (which are actually pockets) are knitted in the round and backstitched to the felted body of the bag.

The knitting portion of the Half-Felted Bag looks relatively easy, it's the finishing part that looks a little tricky. There's a lot of hardware to attach to the bag—D-rings, a chain shoulder strap, Chicago screws (which are neat-o fasteners used to attach the strap holders to the body), and magnet snaps.

I do love my finishing, though, and I'm up to the challenge! As with all finishing, if done carefully and courageously, the final product will be that much better.

Want to get in on the action? Well get yourself a copy of Boutique Knits, which is part of our Winter Wipeout Sale now!

Cheers,

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