Four Finished Hats

I’ve mentioned before that I love testing out new designers and techniques via small projects like hats and today I have a few of those projects to show. 4 hats knit via 2 patterns from designers I’ve admired but haven’t had the chance to knit from yet!

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Colorado Roku
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Pattern: Roku
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted

This was my first Roku hat which I knit while teaching at Fancy Tiger in Denver this summer. I picked up the yarn before Jaime, Amber, Steph & Sarah took a day trip up into the mountains where we hiked up a trail and knit by the side of a little river. I was throughly winded from all of this, being a sea level Midwesterner and all! On the way home we stopped in at Dram Apothecary for drinks, more knitting and lots of Instagramming…but back to the hat! This was my first knit by Olga Buraya-Kefelian and it was a quite enjoyable one. I chose this pattern after my well documented Boyfriend Hat Disaster and am glad I did. Everything worked up easily, it fits, and it’s cute! I think I want to add a pompon to the top of this one eventually, as soon as I work up the energy to dig the remainder of this yarn out from the bottom of my yarn box.

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Shelter Roku
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Pattern: Roku
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter

This second Roku I wear, but don’t like as much as the first one. I’m not totally sure I’m sold on Shelter as a good hat yarn. I knit Bray, it stretched out badly and I blamed it on the pattern not having enough ribbing. This hat, while not in danger of stretching out, just never seems to sit right on my head – a problem I don’t have with the previous one. This hat was made from leftovers from other projects (the original Bray and my Stonecutter) so it’s no great loss that this isn’t my all time favorite hat.

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Neon Diode
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Pattern: Diode
Yarn: Tosh Merino Light

Now onto Diode, a cutie little hat pattern from Erica-Knits. I’d been meaning to knit this since it came out, but it took an impromptu trip to Berlin to visit Jon and the sudden need for a travel project to get this one going! The bulk of this hat was knit during my week in Berlin, but I finished it up a few weekends later in Denver when we were in town for a music fest Jon was playing. I love everything about this hat, the doubled brim, the little bobbles that were easy enough for travel knitting but just enough to keep things interesting, the yarn, I totally love this hat so much! This version is a bit slouchier than Erica’s original sample so I wanted to try knitting it up in a yarn with a bit more body which leads us to the next hat.

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Muted Diode
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Pattern: Diode
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft

Okay so I know I just said that Shelter isn’t my favorite hat yarn, and that’s kind of true for Loft as well. The bottom of the hat doesn’t have the same elasticity and recovery as the neon Madelinetosh hat, which is to be expected, but the structure of the top of the hat makes up for it to me. I lost track of where I was at and this hat ended up a few rows taller than it should have been, but oh well, things happen!

I’m trying to decide on my next hat, I’m thinking something with colorwork so that I can ease into it since there are a few fair isle sweaters I’m interested in making but don’t have much experience. A hat would be just the ticket for a warmup!

14 replies on “Four Finished Hats

  • Bridget B

    my suggestion for a color work hat would be Peerie Flooers by Kate Davies.. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/peerie-flooers
    It was my first big colorwork project and it got me hooked. Kate’s patterns are always well written and the outcome is always gorgeous and functional. If Peerie Flooers seems too daunting due to the many different colors she has quite a few other options that only use 2 colors such as Snawheid or Epistropheid

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  • gingermakes

    Ooh! I’m excited to see that Tosh Merino Light works for the Diode hat. A skein of it slipped into my cart when I popped into the yarn store in my hometown, but then I had no idea what to make with it as I like a bit of nylon in my sock yarn. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Barbara

    Check out Fringe Association’s 2015 Hatalong hat patterns. One of them, Laurus, is a simple beginner colorwork hat. I’m still on Hat #2 (after knitting #1 and then #5, don’t ask) but am planning to knit it in two colors of Cascade 220 Tweed.

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  • jen

    I’ve been eyeing the Diode ever since you originally posted yours. 🙂

    My advice for fair isle hats :
    — my first fair isle project years ago was watching the original Elizabeth Zimmerman dvds checked out from the library while I knit her “color pattern practice” hat. (sidenote : i just looked it up on ravelry and saw that my hat is the cover photo! what a surprise 🙂 I highly recommend listening to the grandmother of american knitting while embarking on this project … 🙂
    — otherwise, you can narrow down ravelry searches by difficulty, so you might browse “fair isle hat” and lower the difficulty to see what’s out there. The faux fair isle comes to mind.
    — my very favorite fair isle hat I’ve knit of late is the baa-ble hat … it’s so darn cute.
    Good luck in your foray!

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  • jen

    PS, EZ’s color pattern practice hat is included in the dvd set – you don’t have to have knitting workshop to make it – though it’s a great book too

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  • PsychicKathleen

    I love orange toque! Beautiful and warm I’m sure. At first I had thought you’d sewn it (which is doable too right?) but you knit it!

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  • Julie

    I’ve knit a few fair isle hats from my own fair isle patterns and have found that they do not stretch like single color hats. I don’t like to have loosey goosey floats inside the garment. I’m still figuring out the best fair isle hat pattern for my head! Definitely use a yarn that has some give.

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