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Hat Twelve of Twelve - A Knitting Challenge

I can’t believe a whole year has gone by since I joined in this challenge. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure why I joined, considering I never saw myself a much of “hat person.” There was just something about the monthly challenge—-not too frequent to stress me out but not too spaced out to make me lose interest. It really is doable to fit a hat in every month. And at the end of the year, you have twelve hand knit hats for yourself and others. Give it a try!

I wasn’t sure how the daisy stitch pattern would translate in a solid yarn. (A lot of projects used a variegated yarn which gave the hats a joyful, starburst-y look.) The resulting textural bands are quite nice. This was my first time doing the daisy stitch. Overall, it’s a great pattern. (And free!) But If I made it again, I’d probably make it a bit taller by added another repeat since it fits me more like a beanie than a slouchy hat.

Details

Pattern: Gin & Tonic

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Superwash (hand dyed with black walnuts)

Needles: sz 8

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.

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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’.

Details

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.

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Hat Ten of Twelve - A Knitting Challenge

After indulging in new yarns for both November and December’s hats, I figured I should reach for something in my stash for January’s hat. A partial skein of an unknown vintage acrylic in a blueish minty green called out to be used up. The pattern is great (clearly written, fun to knit) and I’d actually love to give it another go in the future, but with a lighter worsted weight yarn, in a quieter color and a natural fiber with more give and better drape. I won’t be keeping this particular one for myself though—simply not my shape or color. (I’ve learned I prefer a slouchy, beret style.) It’ll be gifted to a friend.

Details

Pattern: A Most Bespeckled Hat

Yarn: unknown vintage acrylic (best guess: Bernat Berella)

Needles: sz 7

Modifications: None.

Final Verdict: I’m sure it’d be a lot nicer in a natural fiber and lighter weight worsted.

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