Cover Your Head Knitalong

Friday, February 24, 2006

Dude, Where's My Hat?

Keekster's Hat

Hey, Everybody! I thought I'd finally share something here. This hat was made for a friend before she moved back to North Carolina in January. I'm sure she's getting more use out of it there than here in San Diego. The pattern is Dude, Where's my hat? from the newest Yarn Girls' book. I used Noro Silk Garden #47.

I plan on finishing many more hats as soon as the Olympics are over. Hope to see you at my place sometime soon.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

SnB Devil Hat

I'm a new knitter and this was my first non-square FO. I knitted the Devil Hat from Debbie Stoller's Stitch n Bitch book. I started knitting it the way the pattern called for (from the brim up) but I just couldn't get into the zen of knitting it - I must have frogged the darn thing at least 10 times. Hey, it was my first time using circulars and my first time doing the seed stitch. A neighbor of mine, who is a knitting goddess - she spins her own yarn, showed me how I can knit from the top down. So I reversed the pattern and finished the hat up. I really like how it turned out. By knitting from the top down, I ended up increasing instead of decreasing. I like the way the M1 increases look as opposed to the ssk and k2tog decreases. The other thing that knitting from the top down allowed is the ability to knit continuously - I didn't have to sew the flaps on separately. The only thing I would change would be to use a different BO as the one I used made the brim very tight.

On to the next hat!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

another Mr Bear...hat number 5

this one looks like the last one i did, however i didn't put buttons for the eyes.
this mr bear is for my nephew who is 6 months old...chocking hazard, y'know.
i havne't given up on hats, i am just busy with other projects..
great stuff y'all...

Friday, February 17, 2006

Howdy & a Hat

Mary from Tactless Wonder here, hi. I joined a little bit ago but haven't had the time to say a peep. Peep.

I did not cast this little guy on until after I joined, promise, and I just finished him a couple days ago, but picture taking is hard in winter with my "fisherprice" camera. Happily the sun finally came out long enough for me to document:

Green on Green Cascade 220 in colors 9435 & 9413
Needles: 7 & 8 Circs
Pattern: Weeeelll, kinda the "needle-felted hat" from knit hats! But you can tell I striped it and didn't do the felting, or the i-cord....I'm trying to make a brother of a previously made hat...but failed. It's just too big, so um, when you see a similar picture in a couple weeks, maybe that'll be the "success story." Here, I'll post a pic of both hats so you can see what I wanted to make:
You can kinda see the size difference there, yes?

And now a question: You've mentioned before that Pantas count, well, I was on section one of my panta (and I'm not in the Panta KAL) when I joined. Can I count that here or does it not qualify since I was already cast on before I joined?

Happy hatting!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

And another Hat-Trick!

Oh yes, I'm on another hat roll ;) Just can't stop making the things. This is another of my own designs, made from Debbie Bliss Maya on 5mm needles - took the whole skein!

Both of the Jester hats are variations of the same pattern that I've written, that can be found here

Also here is a simple Beanie, ribbed rim, stocking stitch body with a dinky I-cord to finish. Knitted on 5mm needles, yarn is a wool boucle from

Just a quick question - are crochet hats allowed or are we strictly knitting here?

Loads more photos of hats and patterns on my blog

Happy hatting, everyone ;)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

My First Hat Trick

I have now completed 4 hats since starting this KAL.

Here is one:

Made with: SIRDAR DENIM ULTRA (Mega chunky with cotton and wool)

Pattern: Gusto 10 Beanie


Made with: No Boundaries (WAL-MART brand) 100% Polyamide

Pattern Used: Rolled Brim hat pattern

And lastly:

This is a picture of a hat that I made before bc I haven't taken a picture of the one I recently made, but it's the same hat, same color and everything.

Made With: Thick and Quick Wool-ease

Pattern: a leaflet pattern I got in a store, but the pattern is on LionBrand also.

So there is my hat trick hats plus one.

Hope everyone is enjoying knitting/crocheting hats!

My third hatrick

And probably the last one. I am done with hats this winter. I love knitting them but I want the winter be gone, so no more hats :)
The bordo stripes one is reknitted for a friend Jana, the blue one is mine (yarn Lana Grossa ). The third one again for Jana and the last one for another friend Eva. So all my friendĀ“s heads are warm :)

Friday, February 10, 2006

My first Hat-Trick!

The first hat I've made from my own hand-spun. The yarn started life as 100g of hand-dyed Gotland curls (a pig to card yet incredibly long fibres so easy to spin) and ended up as this. There's a fair bit of yarn left, despite it being big enough to go over my dreads. And there's no pattern, just made it up as I went along.

I love it and it's so warm!

So I thought I was done with hats

But I'm still waiting on the yarn for my Olympic knitting, so I grabbed the ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky I bought out of the half-off bin at a LYS, and, after refusing to use two different patterns, cast on for myself, with my own maths as help, a simple 2x2 ribbed hat.

And after two episodes of 24 and Lost, I cast off. I love it.

Pattern: Cast on 60 stitches, knit in 2x2 ribbbing until close to top of head. (about 8 inches from the bottom of the hat) Decrease round: K2tog, p2 around. K1 p2tog around. Knit 2 rounds in 1x1 ribbing. K2tog around. K2tog around. Draw yarn through remaining stitches and cinch up.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky color 16009
Needles: Clover Bamboo US 10.5 DPNs
Dates: Wednesday February 8
Thoughts: Seems to be a bit pilly, but so freaking soft! And just the right amount of snugness. I'm not sure where the pointy bit on top came from, but that's OK.
Finished just in time for it to get "cold" here - about 50. Brrrr. Not.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Do Pantas count?

I finished my Panta just now. Kaity's was so cute, I just had to make one too. Noey has decided it's hers. I originally thought I might be able to get it done for my mom before she left on her such luck....she left this morning. It's made from an unknown synthetic yarn I found in my stash. I want to make another one out of a variegated yarn.


I just finished my first hat since joining this KAL. I knit 'Bobbi' from the Hip Knit Hats book. I used Alpine by Scheepjes (75% wool/25% acrylic. The pattern in the book is incorrect. The directions for the rise of the hat are wrong. Just make sure you have three stitches in between each bobble.

Noa & Panta

Noa 3-in-1 - Flat with i-cord in place
Pattern: Noa 3-in-1
Yarn: Artful Yarns Candy in Toffee, 3.5 balls

It proved impossible to get a photo of me wearing this in which I didn't look totally dorky. :-) It's a clever idea, I'm just not sure how wearable it is.

Panta 1
Pattern: Panta
Yarn: KnitPicks Andean Silk in Sunset, 1 ball

I needed something to cover my ears on windy days when its chilly but too warm for a full hat. This fit the bill perfectly.

Now, where's my hat trick? :-)


Monday, February 06, 2006

and another one!

I started and finished another hat over the weekend. My parents are going to Iowa this week for my Great Uncle's 100th birthday party, and my mom needed a hat in a hurry.
Not crazy about the pooling towards the top, but mom will just have to live with it!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Does this Count?

I'm not sure is this counts for the "Cover Your Head" thing. It's not really a hat, but It covers my head!

Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US Size 5 straight
Pattern: Panta

I like this Headband thingie. I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to wear it all that often because of the weather down here in Southern California, but I like it anyway.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Hat Trick #4 - Another Hat for Doug

Doug requested another hat. (the guy who works for DH who had brain surgery last fall) I made him a brown one with Cascade 220 a while ago. This time he wanted dark blue. I used the same Just Your Basic Beanie pattern with Wool Ease.
I didn't think I was going to like the Wool Ease, but it's much softer than the Cascade 220, and maybe more comfortable.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

New Knitalong-er

Hey everyone!!! I am new to this knitalong and I love knittin' hats. They are fast, easy, and usually turn out great! I am looking forward to seeing everyone else's hats!! I think I have knit at least 15 hats since I started knitting and you can check out some that I've made in the Finished Projects section of my blog. Here are my two latest that I finished 3 days ago:
This one is for my brother, he picked the yarn himself.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca and Silk in "Navy" and "Mushroom"
Needles: US Size 6 16" Circular and another #6 circular for doing decreases
Pattern: Hat pattern from Ann Budd's Handy book of Patterns

This hat is for me!! It turned out great, too!
Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool in New Denim
Needles: US Size 8 16" Cirular and DPNs
Pattern: Basic Cable Hat from Stitch and Bitch Nation

I have plans for another Cable Hat, this one black, out of something soft from my not-so-local yarn store. Maybe Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran or something like that.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Same pattern, different tune

Pattern: My bastardized version of the Basic Cable Hat from SnB Nation
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino - ivory
Needles: Sz US8 Clover Bamboo DPNs
Time: Sometime last weekend, finished Saturday night
Mods: Well, I really changed this up. I've knit it four times now, each different. The first attempt was a *bit* too small. For the second attempt I added two cabled sections and one more pattern repeat. It worked out OK, but was a bit too big. The third one I removed one of the cabled sections and added six more rows of ribbing and one pattern repeat. Still a bit too big. So, for this one I went with the same number of cabled sections, but kept the other mods. It seems a bit longer than the third, but is more snug than the second or third.
Thoughts: I love it! I am loath to part with it, and will be checking the drug-dealer scale to see if I have enough yarn left to knit one for myself. It fits great.
I cannot say enough good things about this yarn. I knit three of these hats with this yarn and it seems much sturdier than the Knitpicks I used for mine. Don't get me wrong, I love my Knitpicks yarns, but they just don't seem as sturdy as the Patons. And it's almost just as cheap (especially if you get it at Joann's with a 40% off coupon like I do - then it is as cheap as Knitpicks).