Use up Sock Yarn with a Reversible Hat Pattern

Every Christmas, my mother knits a gift for each member of the family. In 2013, for my brother, she thought up a hat design that would use odds and ends of sock yarn and make a simple, masculine accessory. The result was the Stashbuster Hat–a reversible beanie that can be worn inside out, showing different colors and pattern options. Everyone who saw the original hat liked it so much, I asked her to write up the pattern for the 2014 issue of Interweave Knits Gifts. She developed a woman's version for the magazine, as well. 

Nancy Shroyer (my mom!) says of the project: "My son likes comfortable, plain things, so I made him an easy reversible hat in two colors. Since each half hat takes less than half a skein of sock yarn, it is a great stash buster. Adding more stripes or Fair Isle bands would also use less of each color. The color choices for each half are limitless. After the increases, there is a lot of stockinette, so this is a great project for the movies and car rides."

If you have leftover partial skeins of sock yarn (about 200 yards of each color), you can put them together and make this fun and cozy hat. You work one "half hat" from the crown to the brim, change colors and work the second half from brim to crown. The two halves are naturally joined at the brim, and then one is simply tucked up inside the other to become the inside layer. 

Check out the entire issue of Interweave Knits Gifts here, and get stashbusting for the holidays!


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