f.o.: galloway hat.

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This hat! What a dream to knit. I bought a kit to make it from Brooklyn Tweed because I liked the idea of having just the right amount of yarn for the pattern, but I ended up having some extra of the main color way because I didn’t add a pom pom.

This is a fine detail color work hat but it’s super quick to knit and comes out looking fancier than the work reflects. I gifted this one to a colleague for the holidays and I think it was a hit.

The hat is knit with the gorgeous and amazing to work with Peerie Yarn, the newest line from Brooklyn Tweed. My kit was for the “Thatch” color theme–Burnished, Sea glass, Lovat and Humpback. I have a second kit for the same hat in a different color theme awaiting my needles.

wip | (yet another) resist hat.

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I love these Resist hats. I’ve knit four of them already–so why not a fifth? This one is knit using Quince and Co. Finch in sabine for the main color and canvas for the contrasting.

This hat knits up really quick, so if you’re looking for some handmade holiday items as we wind down, this one is it. This is the first time I’ve used Finch for this hat–and it’s so worth it; the Resist is much stronger, clearer, and more dynamic and I think it’s the yarn choice.

See more of my Resist hats, here.

 

f.o. | karusellen.

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I’ve made this hat before and loved it. So, when you love something, go for it again, right? For some reason, while I love pom poms, I opted against one for these hats and am pleased with the end result.

Pattern is Karusellen by Erica Smith and this version is knit up using one skein each of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the fossil and almanac colorways. I’m pleased with the height this hat has–if you know me, you know I love a high hat.

See my project notes here. And more of my hats here.

f.o. | striped hats.

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The Striped Hats pattern by Quince and Co. is for sure my favorite pattern this winter. It’s simple, easy to memorize so the project is good for travel or knitting in public, and they knit up in a day or two. Plus, the color combinations are endless and you don’t need large amounts of wool to create these–perfect for stash busting, particularly those small partial skeins from other projects to use in the small stripes sections.

The doc asked for a couple brighter hats—most of the ones I have knit for him through the years are gray, dark charcoal, forest green, red. He was looking for purples, oranges, turquoise.

And lucky for him, because these projects are so speedy, he has two new hats at the ready.

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The purple one is knit using Malabrigo Merino Worsted in periwinkle as the main color, some small bits in indigo and tiger lily, respectively.

The green version features Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, main color in sap, and contrasting stripes in cast iron and sweatshirt.

Both of these hats are complete stash busters! I’ve already made a few more of these since. They will be gifted to everyone in my family this holiday season, and I now have two versions for myself. Don’t expect to see me wearing any other hats this winter–the fit of the rolled brim is a dream.

See my ravelry notes here.

f.o. | striped hat.

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Back in 2013, I bought several skeins of Quince and Co. lark for their Striped Hat pattern. For some reason, they went in one of my stash bins to languish for four years.

I have no idea why this project got away from me for so long. Usually, in these cases, I rediscover the yarn years later, cannot for the life of me remember what I purchased it for, and repurpose the skeins into something else.

This pattern must have really stuck out in my mind because I rediscovered the yarn the other night and immediately dug out the pattern I had already purchased. This hat knits up so fast and the fit is like a dream. I love the rolled, turned in brim and its interesting construction.

My only modification was to do one less of the final row 1 -7 repeats. I thought the hat would be too tall if I didn’t make the slight adjustment. The height is perfect with the modification and it’s the only one I’ve been wearing since I completed it last weekend.

The pattern uses four skeins of Quince and Co. lark; I used the same color ways as the pattern called for: honey, frank’s plum, and gingerbread. I had mere yards of the main color (honey) left over because I didn’t complete all the pattern repeats, which means I have enough leftover to make another hat.

Read my project notes here. Expect to see a whole bunch more of these hats in my winter making this year; the color combinations are endless.

hunting | orange.

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I knit my brother a Roku Hat in this shocking neon orange for Christmas. He’s into skeet shooting these days and an avid outdoors man. He needed an approrpiately knit hat. And while I finished it so closely to when I gifted it, I failed to grab a snap of it. However, here’s to hoping he wears it.

Entirely stash busting, I used half this skein of Manos Del Uruguay Maxima in the Zinnia colorway. I’m glad I found a use for this yarn, originally bought as an accent color for a cowl I decided against knitting. Thus is the way it goes.

Here’s to even more stash busting projects in 2017.

lover hat.

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This is the From Norway with Love hat I knit for the doc this Valentine’s Day. I love this hat; I’ve knit several of them, but I think this version might be my favorite.

The main color is Manos del Uruguay Maxima in the slate colorway, which sometimes looks gray and sometimes looks purple, which I love. The contrasting hearts are knit in Malabrigo Merino Worsted in little lovely, which looks bright pink and hot tamale red all at once.

It fits his head perfectly and it was a change up from my usual gift for him–hand knit socks (and that’s only because I didn’t finish the pair I’m working on in time).

More snaps of the hat here.

 

brooklyn tweed.

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I’ve made the Varia hat before. I had initially knit it for a gift but ended up shamefully keeping it for myself because its so comfortable.

A few years have past, and I decided to revisit this hat. On Sunday night, I knit up a version with a bunch of odd ended Brooklyn Tweed shelter yarns I had in the following–barn owl, woodsmoke, tallow, and fossil (from ribbed bottom to top).

I loved this finished result so much, I immediately made a third (hey, we are experiencing a serious arctic blast here in Boston, so more hats make sense) one for Sean in tans to grays to blacks.  The color combinations are endless, but my favorite are the gradient varieties that actually remain in the same color family or tone.

What hats are you obsessing over? Send them my way; I’ve got a hat bug.

See my project notes for Varia with Brooklyn Tweed here (hint: I went down a needle size). Knit up a Varia of your own by grabbing the pattern here.

holidaze.

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Nothing screams holidays like extra dirty martinis in vintage mid century glasses and fair isle snowflake motifs in red and white.

This hat ended up being an amazing stocking cap gifted before I could get finished snaps. It only took two evenings to knit, so I’m definitely starting another one this evening.

Happy merry.

foxes.

I’ve been wanting to knit one of Hannah Fettig’s Fox Caps for awhile now and never got around to it. I know my good friend Mack would love one of these, so she is definitely getting one of these.

This first one was knit using 2 skeins of Knit Picks Palette (I have a Palette 100, which has been upped to 150,  for any color work projects I want to knit up on a whim and let me tell you, that is life changing in and of itself) in the charcoal color for the main and pennyroyal for the little foxes, which is a light lavender gray which really reads gray in this photo.

I definitely want to make one with pink in it, and browns, and blues, and purples. The combinations are endless. Expect to see a few more of these here on the blog; they only take a day or so to knit.