Pre-Fall Knitting

Grainline Studio | Hat Queue

I’ve been looking for some small projects perfect for fall to work on before the yarn for my next sweater arrives as well as for those times when I’m tired of working on my sweater or need a more portable project. I’m currently working on another pair of BFF socks, without cables this time, but I really want to get another hat in before hat season starts! I wear hats all fall, winter, and most of spring so I like to have an assortment. The best thing about hats is they’re not just useful; they’re also a fun project that lets you try out new techniques and designers.

1. Diode by Erica-Knits: I ordered yarn for this project and plan to start it as soon as I finish my socks. I’ve been wanting to knit this one for a long time but most of my hats end up being made from the remains of extra sweater yarn and I don’t have a lot of fingering weight sweater extras (none) laying around. This hat features bobbles and a really nice looking folded brim (hello warm ears!) so I feel like it’s going to be a really fun knit!

2. Roku by Olga Buraya-Kefelian: This hat I actually knit two of, but want to knit one for Jon now. I haven’t blogged about it – I don’t think – but you can see my thoughts on it here. Spoiler alert: I love it. It’s simple, the pattern is really clean and well written, and the decreases at the crown are really beautiful and well thought out. Also it fits great.

3. Skiff by Jared Flood for Brooklyn Tweed: I have a lot of Shelter laying around leftover from my various BT sweaters. I think this one will be knit in the leftovers from my Bellows Cardigan. I always love a folded brim hat, especially with the last few winters we’ve been having, so I think this is going to be a good one!

4. Anstruther Hat by Erica-Knits: Another one by Erica, I’m imagining this one in grey & white with a contrast color. I haven’t really done much colorwork besides the yoke of my Icelandic Sweater but since I have a few sweaters in my queue I’d like to eventually make that feature colorwork I thought a hat was a good starting point!

10 replies on “Pre-Fall Knitting“

  • Dana

    My Skiff hat is my favourite hat I’ve knit. I made version two with the folded brim and it was perfect for the freezing cold Canadian winter we had this past year. Hoping to make some more!

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  • Emma

    I am about to start a Roku hat in Shelter for my brother-in-law. Is the size ok for men too or would you make modifications to fit Jon? Thanks, Emma

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    • Jen

      I haven’t thought about it too much, but the hat does come in different sizes. I’d check on Ravelry and see what Olga, the designer, recommends for hat sizes.

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  • jessica

    These look so good! I love the thought that hats are a good way to trial a designer. Personally, I keep 2 knitting projects going at any given time (especially once a sweater leaves the “easily portable” phase). Anyhow, might have to give one or more of these a try … Thanks!

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  • timogloria

    Speaking of knitting….I can’t tell you how many hemlock tee’s I’ve made. I think they are the most flattering, beautiful shirts. But I just can’t stop thinking about a hand knit one! I have dreams of this sweater. I’m not good at self-drafted patterns (knit or sewn)–please please please make this knitting pattern! Then I can stop dreaming and start knitting! 🙂

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    • Jen

      I’ll think about it…knitting is one thing that’s just my hobby, not my job, so I’m hesitant to turn it into one! I did base my Stone Lake Sweater off the Hemlock and love it so much so we’ll see.

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  • ailsafloc

    I heartily recommend the Skiff – I knitted it up in pale grey merino with a large banana yellow bobble and it is my favourite hat ever. Living up in the hills of Scotland, I can definitely recommend it’s double brim, ear-warming capabilities 🙂

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  • gingermakes

    Oh wow, thanks for the hat-spiration! I’m loving Diode (bobbles!!!) and Anstruther– thanks for linking! I just saw Karusellan in the new Pompom mag and that’s skyrocketing to the top of my queue… Swedish horse colorwork!!

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