Hat Eleven of Twelve - A Knitting Challenge

When I was growing up, we had a wooden plaque above our washer and dryer in the bathroom (for whatever reason) that showed two cowboys and their horses and the phrase: “Be careful of the words you say, keep them soft and sweet. You never know from day to day, which ones you’ll have to eat.”

I find myself eating my words a lot. Not mean words, but opinions and tastes. It almost never fails that if I state an absolute, it shifts. Five to six years ago, I went through a phase where I really only wanted to wear black, white, gray, red and yellow and said: Ugh, I’ll never wear brown again. Last year, I made myself not one but two brown dresses. I also said that I’d never eat meat again. Or that I’d never listen to Britney Spears. (Let alone publicly admit it.) Last month, I stated that I only like slouchy beret style hats. Once again, I’m eating my words. But I don’t care because I love my newest hat.

I never thought this yarn would give me so much trouble, which was mostly due to putting a lot of pressure on myself to find the perfectmost deserving pattern for this home raised, handspun Suri alpaca. I knew it needed to be a simple pattern with a simple stitch design to really showcase the thick and thin nature of the handspun. First I tried fingerless gloves and while the Treads pattern is lovely, the fact that a half completed glove sat for months in my knitting basket was proof that it just wasn’t working. I eventually frogged it and almost immediately cast on for a hat.

I didn’t follow a pattern. Since this is the 11th hat I’ve made in the last year, I think I have a pretty good understanding of basic hat construction. I was aiming for my ‘supposedly preferred’ slouchy style hat but, worried that I’d run out of yarn, I made the height of the hat quite a bit shorter and I was left with a beanie style cap. Which I’m lovin’.


Pattern: None.

Yarn: Oliver and Abraham’s Handspun Suri Alpaca

Needles: sz 4

More details and notes at it’s Ravelry project link

The Twelve Hats in One Year Challenge is being run by two lovely French ladies: Melody of Mandarine’s and Charlotte of Fille d’hiver. You can join in and share your creations at the Facebook Page.

12 Hats 1 Year