Hats are my absolute favorite holiday gift to knit. They are practical, easy to size, and knit in thick yarn they are quick and perfectly warm. They are also a fun place to try out new stitches, as long as you keep an eye on how the decreases in the crown will look (messy crown decreases are a pet peeve of mine).
Those are all the skeins I (hand!) wound for Malabrigo October Stockpile. I have 2 more skeins of Rios and 1 more of Rasta that need winding, but essentially every one of those skeins except the big purple Rasta is destined to be a hat. So this week, I’ve got a bunch of hats on the needles.
This one’s actually an FO! It was on and off the needles before I even had a chance to show you the WIP. This is my standard waffle-knit hat made with Malabrigo’s new bulky weight superwash singles yarn, Mecha. Guys– this stuff is delightful. Springy and soft, it knit up into a substantial fabric without feeling bulletproof thick. It’s perfect for textured stitches. Even though this is such a basic hat, I’m planning to write up the pattern for it because none of the other waffle hats out there do it exactly like I do and I’ve knit so many of these over the years, there might as well be a pattern out there!
This one looks like an FO, but alas, it is not. It’s too short so I will be ripping back (again!) and adding more length. This gives me the chance to ask for opinions: do you like it the way it is now, with green being the last slipped stitch section and the top of the hat being black? I keep wondering if I’d like it better with black as the last slipped stitch section and green for the top. Thoughts?
Here’s a new WIP! This is the brand new Ruffian pattern by Hunter Hammersen, knit in Malabrigo Twist (colorways Grape and Zinc). It’s pretty fun so far, I’m loving the color combo and Twist is my favorite Mal base. I inadvertently modified the pattern by adding a section of purple after the brim before starting the little grey ‘poofs’, but I think it’ll still look good.