Saturday, April 8, 2017

the hats for tiffany and family

While I was knitting Sister Suzy's ponytail hat and mitts my sister was talking to Tiffany, one of her co-workers, about it and asks if I would knit a hat.  I said, yes, find a pattern and some yarn.  So the pattern my sister found was the Goodie Bag Hat by Cheryl Oberle on Ravelry.
I used Red Heart With Love in Boysenberry on US #6 needles with a 30-inch cable to do the Magic Loop.  It was a fun little knit once I decided to ditch most of the instructions.  I just knit the garter stitch sections using a traditional garter stitch in the round (knit one row, purl the next).  Using the gauge I was getting which was 5 stitches per inch times the 20-inch circumference.  I cast-on 100 stitches using the German Twisted cast-on.  I used a 3 stitch I-cord for the drawstring.  The something new I learned on this project.

The next hat was Dominic's.  This kid loves purple so to get a hat that nobody would think he was wearing a little girl's hat I found Robot Hat by Jane Sharp on Ravelry
I knit a standard stocking hat and used the chart for the robots.  I used the lt. gray from Sister Suzy's hat for the robots and some neon green yarn my sister had in her stash for the eyes.

Then I knit Riley's.  Mandie Harrington calls the pattern Swirl Hat.  I put a ponytail hole in this one at 2 1/2 inches because Riley doesn't like her hair pulled up too high as it gives her a headache.
Riley likes a wild riot of color and my sister had this variegated which I coupled with a solid turquoise ribbing.  I didn't use the ribbing called for in the pattern because I have had the best success with 2x2 ribbing.  I was disappointed with the crown, as it wasn’t, as flat I like them.

They have a little girl that stays with them off-n-on so I knit Maddie a hat too.  I used In-Between Seasons Hat by Elena Nodel from Ravelry.
I used the bayberry from Tiffany's hat coupled with a hot pink my sister had in her stash.  Loved the simple little lace pattern.  The pattern calls for DK weight yarn but I used Worsted.  The lace pattern is an eight stitch repeat so I cast-on 96 stitches which gave me 12 repeats.  No ponytail hole in this one as Maddie's hair is fairly short.

Last but not least was Josh's hat.  I originally was going to knit a Ribbed Watchman's Hat by Channah Koppel I found on Ravelry but my sister saw it and ask if I was knitting a balaclava.  I said no, she said a balaclava would be a better choice because he rides. Okay, but I'm not sure I have enough yarn.

Used Easy Balaclava by Nanette Blanchard again.  I lengthened the neck portion by two inches as most people were noting that the neck was too short for most men.  Then I lengthened the top by an inch to make sure the top of the opening covered the forehead.  I had maybe 2 yards of yarn left after I finished the crown.

I kept the pattern for the Watchman's Hat because I think it is an excellent pattern for a male hat, which is long enough to fold for extra warmth around the ears.

This is part of the knitting that interrupted the knitting of the feather-n-fan afghan.

I hope everyone is having a good day.



  1. Wow. I'm envious of all that knitting. I'm still working on my first pair of socks. I'm up to the heel.

    1. The great thing about hats are they only takes a few days and you have results. Are you doing the heel flap/turn/gusset route or the afterthought heel? The afterthought-heel seemed more logical to me so when I make socks that's what I have used.

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

    2. I'm going g to do the Sweet Tomato heel. It looks easy. Just have to make myself get started.

    3. Just went out and looked at Cat Bordhi's you-tube tutorial on how to knit one. It looks as straight forward (logical) as an afterthought heel.

      I can't wait to see your finished socks.


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