Pre-Fall Knitting

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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!