Cover Your Head Knitalong

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Using LB Wool Ease Thick n Quick Posted by Picasa

Another hat done!

Here is one more hat. It's stockinette with a border of blanket moss stitch. It is a Christmas gift...of course. This hat should keep my friend's ears really warm.

Basic Cable

I finished this hat several days ago and finally got around to getting a picture. This is my second hat for this wonderful KAL!

Pattern: Basic Cable from SnB Nation

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted

I made the hat longer because I wanted to keep this thing from popping off my rather large head!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I can't believe it - a hat trick

Finished 2 hats today. One was a joy to knit, one sucked my soul right out my fingertips. (Okay, not really).
Camo Hat #1
Camo Hat #1

Red Heart ACKrylic. For one of DH's nephews. I have to make another one, and one of the hats (don't remember which) will have earflaps (I have to check w/ SIL again).

Pumkin Orange Hat
Pumkin Orange Hat

Mission Falls Superwash for BIL. Lovely, squishy wool. My first time using it, and just in time, 'cuz I guess it's not going to be around much longer. Really nice yarn. Recommended.

Both hats: Kim's Hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, with modifications for gauge and size, etc.


Bobble Thing

Just in case people don't read comments, especially on posts that are nearly at the bottom of the page:

I wrote up the pattern for the Bobble Thing hat today. It is here.

Everyone's hats look terrific! I really like your Hatmione, Glaistig!

Hermione Hat Trick

I frogged my original Hermione because it was too large and knit this one up on smaller needles:


I used the recommended Cascade 220 but I might use some stash Wool-Ease (*wink* to Laura) for the next one. The yarns are very similar. The pattern is cheap and very clearly written. I recommend it.

Can I get a Hat Trick, y'all? :)

holiday hats

Every year, my husband and I spend Thanksgiving with one of our families and Christmas with the other. About a week and a half before our Thanksgiving trip to the in-laws house, my husband told me that his parents wanted to do Christmas presents with us on the day after Thanksgiving. It sent me into fits. Everyone was supposed to get a hat this year, but I was planning on mailing out his family's hats a week or two into December.

So I went into rush mode. First, I reassigned a few hats that I had planned for other people. Then I finished two within about 5 days. The last one was finished in the car about an hour from their house. In the frenzy of knitting, wrapping, packing, taking the cat to the vet's, stopping our mail for a week, and all the other things you do before leaving home, I didn't get around to taking pictures of all those hats. That was a little upsetting, but at least I got them all done and given away.

I hadn't decided who was getting that green and blue hat that I posted while it was in progress, so I decided that could go to my mother-in-law. It was a bit short, and since they live down in Houston I figured that a hat that only covered her head and the tops of her ears would be just the thing. It's not like it gets really cold there.

My father in law got the hat that I finished up in the car. It was plain stockinette with a short ribbed border, and I made it out of Patons wool in light tan. Since I was trying to navigate and keeping an eye out for Giant Sam Houston, I kind of screwed up the decreases just a bit. But I don't think they're bad enough for anyone other than me to notice.

One of my husband's brothers got the Cascade 220 hat that I'd meant for one of my uncles. I'd made it with one strand of a brown color and one of a varigated brown and black held together. There was about two inches of ribbing to fold up along the edge, and the rest was stockinette. For the other brother, I wanted to do something interesting to keep myself from getting sick of stockinette hats. So he got a cabled hat with a ribbed brim. I made it out of gray Wool-Ease, because this brother is a little younger and I wanted him to have something that wouldn't ruin if he tossed it in the washer.

Along the trip, we also stopped off to visit some friends for a couple of days. I wasn't planning on knitting them anything this year, because they all got scarves last year. But one of my friends was listening to me ramble about a knitting project a few months back and requested a brown hat that would match his work uniform. Normally I don't really do requests, but he mentioned it in the context of "I really like my scarf, but I go in and out so often at work that I don't wear it much because I can't just take it off and stuff it in my pocket." We're close, he complimented my scarf, and I was a bit tipsy at the time. So he got promised a brown hat. That one was Wool Ease as well, again because of the young guy/machine wash thing. We met his girlfriend for the first time on that trip, and she got about a zillion extra points because she would randomly pick it up and say things like "You made this? That is so cool!" So I officially approve of her.

So that's five gift hats made and handed out so far! I feel so accomplished. I'm currently working on a hat for my oldest brother in the colors of our favorite football team, and coming soon is a really cool intarsia hat for my husband's birthday. After finishing those, I will remember to get the photos!

Hat number 7

I got this done tonight I changed my mind about the Manos hat for my niece. It didn't really match the scarf that I made her so I used this variegated cotton that I bought off ebay and I found my size 8 12" addis! I have been searching for them for a long time! It came out pretty good same old pattern and I only have to do this pattern 2 more times!!

Monday, November 28, 2005

and another one done!

Hat #5 - same yarn, same pattern....yada, yada, yada. I do like this one the best. The colors are really pretty. Only 1 more like this to go, then I can try something new!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

And 2 more makes Hat Trick #2

Brown Sheep Yarn Company's Fabulous Felted Hat, Mauch Chunky Strawberry and Black

Flowers on a Grave sans the flowers

ChicKnits Felted Bucket Hat...unfelted

Knit with Kraemer's Naturally Nazareth in "Summer."

Santa's Little Helper

a.k.a. Hat Number 4! My model is not feeling well today, so this is the best shot I could get!
I used the same old Easy Roll Brim pattern.....I can now knit this pattern in my sleep! I couldn't get to the store to buy a pom pom maker, so I did the old cardboard circle trick, and I think it turned out pretty good.

Thank you for all your nice comments on hats 1 through 3! This KAL is really inspiring me to get all my hats done! (2 more to go for Noey's friends, and 1 for my dad)

and here's a close up. I used Caron Simply Soft Seasons which has a metallic thread running through it. Very pretty and sparkly!

lots of hat making for christmas

I'm currently working on or have finished four hats in the past few weeks, so I decided it was time to go ahead and join this kal. I recently finished a Hayden hat for myself [pattern at Poor Miss Finch] and need to start one for my six year old. I'm also working on Halley's Comet hat for myself and I just finished an earflap hat for my toddler. I'm also thinking about making a couple of Tychus hats for my father and brother, and I recently bought the Celtic cap pattern from girl from auntie to make for my husband. Oh, and I'm making a wimple for mom, which is sort of like a hat since it converts into a hood. Gah. A lot of this is because I finally taught myself to knit with double points, which has opened up so many things to try.

Um, I just counted and that's at least eight. Gotten a bit obsessed, I think.

Pictures to come when I have time to shrink 'em down to size. Thanks for letting me join!

Hat trick 2

I made yet another hat tonight! This one is for my niece Amanda. I used Manos Del Uruguay. Simple garter stitch hat . I like the way the hat turned out. The yarn is lovely to work with. Now I only have 4 more hats to go! Wish me luck!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Finally! The blackout hat is done

It's not the blackout hat anymore. No story behind it at all, except that it's for ME (which is rare) and I can't wait to wear it.

Green Bulky Alpaca Hat

Forgive the model. She took the "day off" thing really seriously and didn't shower or put on make up (as if she does it any other day). She mostly spent the day relaxing and knitting, watching the "War of the Worlds" tv show w/ her hub. There was an excursion to the LYS to get enough yarn to make the XL hat (and - woot! - all the yarn was 20% off...what a nice surprise).

Details on my blog

1/3 of the way to a hat trick!

Yes, the first hat is done!

I really enjoyed this pattern, very simple and quick. I plan on altering it to make a very Canadian style hat. More to come on that later, for now lets have a look at that hat!

I hope my friend likes it!

Hat Trick #2!

Thanksgiving knitting!

Here is one I'm naming "Bobble Thing":

It's one strand of Zara and one strand of unknown-origin alpaca from my stash.

For this one, I tried to copy the hat in the banner, but in Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky:

Friday, November 25, 2005

I couldn't put my needles down

I couldn't stop myself tonight I made another hat.. I used Noro Kureyon #102 I love the color of this yarn this is the first time I have used it and I love it. It is a simple garter stitch nothing fancy. I think I might keep this one for myself :)

Another day another hat!

I got another hat done this one is for son #3. I like they way it came out. It worked up very fast. I took him to my lys last week to pick out his yarn can you tell he loves green? I used Cascade 220. I probally could have done a few more rounds of ribbing, but I like it and what is most important is that he loves it. It has not come off his head yet!


Wow, I just looked few the past posts and all these hats rock! I have the earflaps done on my kittyvill hat and just have to knit the ears. I will post a picture later tonight of the finished hat before it goes to its righful owner. Can't wait to move on to hat #2.


I can finally post!!!!

I joined this KAL early on. I've been reading each and every post. I didn't have the yarn I needed to start my own hats. Then when I had the yarn, I didn't have the needles I needed. Finally I have yarn, and I have needles, and I have my first ever hat all done!!! Woo hoo. (Excuse the small stuffed bear as my model. There were no baby heads near by.)
baby hat on a bear

Other people have posted this hat already, and I got inspired to knit it as my very first. It's the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch 'n Bitch. I knit mine in DB Baby Cashmerino, a very soft yarn that is very easy to knit with. It's also machine washable, which is a must for baby stuff. I double tied my "umbilical cord" to give it more of a knot look and less of a cord look. This is my first gift to my best friend's second child (who I am sure is a girl, but used yellow yarn just in case).

Up next, my first attempt at an adult hat, for my DH.

Hat Trick!

The Girl Talk hats are done. The purple one has been completed for a few months, but I was procrastinating on the second. Not sure why--they're pretty quick. Guess other projects just got in the way. :) These are gifts for two little friends of ours (7- & 10-years-old). I'm going to give them unfelted (mostly to see the looks on their faces) so we can felt them together and get a good custom fit. There are also fun fur scarves to match. Two gifts done! Check! Yarn details on the blog.


Whew, knitters! I know how a lot of you spent your Thanksgiving. Look at all the new hats--and hat tricks! Such nice work. I really love seeing the multitude of designs. Wonderful, wonderful hats!
*I hope to join you tomorrow with a hat trick of my own (finally!).

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Hat Trick!!

I got my third hat done tonight for son #2! It is made from Red Heart camouflage yarn I don't like acrylic yarn but for an 11 year old it is perfect! I started hat #4 tonight and should be done tomorrow!

Hey, Hey, Hey...It's Dumb Donald!

Actually, it's Flowers on a Grave unfulled. It is knit with Lion Wool in Rose. I'm making my flowers in Lion Wool in Sunset. The hat has now been fulled, and is drying on Miss Wiggy. It's way cute.

Third hat done (ooh, a hat trick!)

I've been rather quiet, but most everyone is getting hats for xmas this year.
Niece 1 - finished end of Oct/beg of Nov. it's the tam/beret in Kid's Knitted Hats - made with LB Wool-Ease
Niece 2 - finished mid-November. the Candy Dots pattern from the same book. also made with LB Wool-Ease
Nephew - a basic hat from the Handy Book of Patterns with single rib edge and a pompom. made in Regia Ringel.
My sister - her hat will be made from orange & black Paton's Divine. pattern not chosen yet
Brother-in-Law - his is in progress. pattern is Tychus - I'm attempting the 4-color version like shown in the last picture there (in almost the same colors.)

mom and dad will probably also be getting hats, though I haven't thought much about them yet. and I'm thinking I'll end up making one for myself as well. and probably some more for one of the LYS that collects donations for warm things.

Here's the pics:

Lilin's Hat  Amelia's Hat  Eli's Hat  BIL's Hat in Progress

Full size and more pics (close-ups, etc) in my gallery

Thanksgiving Hat Trick!

Here's my third hat of the knitalong. I made this one using very old yarn in my stash--about 20 years old, I'm pretty sure! This one will be donated to CompassionKnit. Happy Thanksgiving, fellow hat knitters!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Hat Trick

3 hats complete and another one well on its way.

These first two are Christmas presents for my cousins made in University of Texas colors. They are made in Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran. I had never used this yarn before, but I LOVE it! It feels nice - mostly wool so nice and warm and stretchy, but the silk in it just gives it a little extra sheen.

The last hat is Hatmione for one of my friends for Christmas. I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran - I think this may be my all time favorite yarn as it is just so buttery soft and the cables pop really well. I enjoyed knitting this one tremendously - a very well written pattern!

Thanks for sharing all of your great hats! Lots of good ideas for quick Christmas presents!

-Becky in Austin

It's A Hat Trick!

This is the Cold Weather Hat from the 96 knitlist. I knit it with Joann's Sensations Licorice in Black.

Roxanne Uploaded

This is Roxanne. A Berroco Hip Hop Pattern knit with Joann's Sensations "Marvel" in Copper Multi. It's a 100% wool, thick and thin, which made the scallops around the hat. It is smaller than it should be, more like a beanie. I'm going to use the same yarn and knit up the Scallop Brim Instant Hat from Just One More Row.

i finally made a hat!

In about three hours I finally made myself a new hat. It's a silly one--to insert some frivolity into my life. I call it Cirque.


That's my boyfriend modeling it; I look horrid in hats, even from the back. The hat is so much fun, so warm, and so so easy to make.

One hat done.

Here is my little cutie modeling her hat. She even put lipstick on for the occasion. LOL! She is my girly girl. I am making two of these One for each of my daughters. I thought that I would add a little holly to the icord top for some festive fun.

It's the Candy Cane Hat from Handknit Holidays. I love the book. I want to make nearly everything in it. I used Bernat Softie because we need an extra warm hat here in Erie, PA.

I love seeing all the hats that everyone is making. I can't wait until after Christmas to start some just for me. Posted by Picasa

Meet Lola

This is one of the hats that I finally finished yesterday. The pattern is Lola from Tante Sophie Avait un Chien. It is knit with Berroco Hip Hop. I finished another, but am having a hard time posting photos with Blogger. I am working on my 3rd and should finish it today.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Hat Trick! Hat Trick!

I finished my third hat! It's the same old itchy, scratchy acrylic yarn and the same old pattern (I'm getting really bored with both the pattern and the yarn), but since these are all for Noey's friends I let her choose the yarn. I have two more to go, and then I will start on a different pattern with a different yarn!

An apple a day...hat number 2

the second hat is an Apple Hat a la Ann Norling pattern. I am addicted to making these for all the little babies in my life (I've made at least 4 in the past few months)'s a dark picture, but you get the idea.

yeah, my first posting...
this is a bunny hat which i made for a little baby from church.
the pattern is from Stitch-N-B**ch Nation--the yarn, honestly, is just some leftover purple stuff I had in the house.
Taught myself a new technique with this, so I was very proud.
Couldn't get either of my kids to model it for I posed it by itself.
Onward and upward (I still have two more hats before Christmas, plus other knit projects)

Monday, November 21, 2005

Diminishing Braids Hat

My own pattern, which you can find here. Here's a closeup of the stitch pattern:

First Hat!

I've finished my first hat of this KAL! Sorry for the bad library lighting. It's actually for a swap that I've joined. Can you tell that the embroidery is supposed to be a squid? I don't think that I'd be able to...

Great Hats!

Hi everybody. I don't have any new hats to show. I just wanted to check in and say what great hats everyone is making. It's so much fun to see the new pictures every day. I've done two and am planning to make a third to send to Compassion Knit later this week. Happy knitting!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Hat Trick!

Slap one of those hat trick babies by my name, Laura and Amanda! After finishing two kids' hats, I made this one just for me from leftover Manos yarn (red) and Takhi Donegal Tweed:

Just your basic roll-brim pattern. I didn't have any fair isle motifs on hand, so I just alternated colors in the middle all haphazardly. Ater finishing it this afternoon, I've put it on my head and have been wearing it ever since, like a big dork.

Another one done!

I can't believe all of the great hats everyone is knitting. They are all gorgeous!
I finished another christmas gift hat...

details on the blog:)

Hat Trick #1!

Jiffy Clearwater
Click the hat to see more WTW items.

This hat gives me my first hat trick! It is Jiffy Clearwater knitted on US 11 in the simple hat pattern. It is another hat for WTW.

Hat 1 Hat 2


Hat Trick Number 2

Here are four more finished hats:

Green Hat number 2

Black Hat

Nephew's Hat

This was supposed to be the basic cable hat for my friend, but it ended up way too small. This is how it looks on an adult. Yarmulke anyone?

The Girl's Hat

Sorry for the cropped off photo on this one - blame it on The Man.

More details on these can be found on my blog.

Now, a question: The Man wants a felted hat. He wants it to look like a normal hat (ribbed bottom), so no roll up brim. To save my life I can't find one that I think will work. I've searched the free patterns and googled my little heart out. I'm down to two choices:
1. Use the same basic pattern that I've been using for all the other hats, but with a larger needle size.
2. Use the same needle size but cast on more stitches (use the Handy Book of Patterns).

The kicker is that I don't want to use bulky yarn or double my yarn, as I only have one ball of each color (he wants stripes), and I don't want to buy any more DPNs. I have 7, 8 and 10 1/2.

I'd welcome any advice y'all can give. I really want to get this done and crossed off the gift list. Thanks so much!