Since the second week of December, I’ve knitted six hats and one pair of wrist warmers. Prior to this flurry, I’d not knitted for a year. I guess that really sums up how wonky 2012 was for me. I was under a lot of stress and worked too much and spent much of my down time thinking about work too. Sure, I did a few things around the house and saw friends, hosted a few guests over the summer, but I didn’t have a lot of time to do things that I truly love.
I found a free pattern on Knitty for a slouch hat beret. I altered the pattern by simply extending the moss stitch portion of the pattern by 6 rows (when knitting the medium size). I thought if I knitted the large version, it would be too big around the temples and wouldn’t sit well on the head.
The first went to Ski. I made it with a double strand of alpaca yarn—one blue, one green.
I then knitted the same hat for my cousin, Jaime, for Christmas. Her version was made using 2 different shades of blue, both fingering weight alpaca. I also knitted my mom a deep red one using a wool silk blend. Next, I knitted one for Sarah, blending two shades of green, using fingering weight alpaca. Have you guessed yet… I have a large stash of fingering weight alpaca yarn. Ha.
Next, I knitted the same hat using a red tweed wool yarn. In addition, I found an online pattern generator for wrist warmers based upon needle size and gauge. I couldn’t knit a completely plain pair of ribbed wrist warmers, so I added a little cable twist every few rows.
Next, I knitted a hat for the lovely Guphy, using the same yarn but a different pattern. It’s the hat featured on the front cover. It is also a slouch hat, but without the beret-like shaping.
Lastly, I designed a beanie for my friend Linda for the dog park. Using worsted weight charcoal grey wool yarn and my love of cables, I knitted a hat that would keep her warm on our nightly dog park laps.
Again, my apologies for the poor-quality images. You’d think I was a bit burned out on the knitting front, but actually, I’m just getting started… I’ve got a few more hats I want to get done before I move onto a pair of fingerless gloves. Happy knitting, everyone!