Category Archives: hats

FREEBIE & RESTOCKED Malabrigo Rios

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Malabrigo Rios is a super-duper soft, machine washable yarn made from 100% merino wool. It’s hand dyed for subtle variations. Great for anyone and any project except felting (it will not felt). Especially suitable for babies, kids and men.

  • 100% Machine Washable Merino Wool (superwash)
  • 100g/192m (200 yds)
  • Aran weight
  • 18 sts & 24 rows = 4″/10cm
  • 5mm/US8 needles
  • Made in Uruguay
  • Pattern Ideas

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Father Cables

Sometimes when I’m in need of inspiration instead of browsing patterns on Ravelry I take a stroll through Projects. Sometimes things look different in a darker or lighter colour, a different type of texture or a different type of dye. Father Cables by Panoramka immediately caught my eye.

Materials

  • Malabrigo Rios: 1(1, 1, 2) skeins (shown in colour 69 Pearl Ten)
  • 3.75mm/US5-16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7-16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • tapestry/darning needle
  • FREE Pattern 

Size

  • S/M Fitted (S/M Slouch, L Fitted, L Slouch)
  • S/M to Fit Head: 19”-21”
  • L to Fit Head: 21”-23”

RESTOCKED Malabrigo PussyHat Fuchsia

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We just received a new shipment of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in colour 93 Fuchsia for your pussyhat making pleasure. It’s actually a gorgeous colour and we regularly sell out, but there seems to have been a run on fuchsias lately ….

FREEBIE Last Minute Pussy-Cat Hat

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Super Cat Hat

Just in case you left it to the last minute, here’s a pattern for a super bulky Pussy-Cat Hat. Wear your hat to a Women’s March this weekend, or just as a political statement around town. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

One skein of a super bulky weight yarn like Cascade Lana Grande or Malabrigo Rasta should do the trick, or try holding two strands of a bulky weight yarn together (like Berroco Vintage Chunky, Malabrigo Mecha, Diamond Baby Alpaca Sport).

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KNIT HACK Pattern Choices (Bon Bon Toques)

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People often ask me what I am working on …. most of the time the answer is something for the store, and the rest of the time I’m usually fulfilling my self-imposed materteral duties and making something for my niece & nephew. I suppose it would be cheaper & easier to go out & buy them hats & such, but once they ask I have a hard time saying no to such a sincere request. Usually, it’s doll clothes, which I don’t really have an issue making because they get used CONSTANTLY, but this year new snow suits require new hats and neck warmers. The neck warmers are still forthcoming ….

Knit Hack: Pattern Choices

Freebies are nice, but sometimes it’s worth it to pay for a pattern. I chose to pay for the Bon Bon Toque by Tin Can Knits for a few reasons:

Reliability

Tin Can Knits patterns are reliable, and I didn’t want to have to tinker with a pattern too much. If there’s too much ripping back and restarting I find I don’t finish the project, especially when it’s a project I don’t find particularly inspiring.

Size Range

Tin Can Knits patterns generally provide you with a broad range of sizes, from baby to adult large. This really helps me with sizing for two different sized kids, especially if my tension is tighter and I need to go up a size to make the finished garment fit properly (which it was, and I did). Plus, if their parents want matching hats I can make those up without the exertion of having to modify a children’s pattern.

Re-Useability

The pattern is a classic look, and I can and may use it again. When you make something for a kid you never know if they are going to get really attached to it and want you to make it again 1. when they grow out of it,  2. when they lose it,  3. want it in another color, or all of the preceding. I try to make my self-imposed materteral duties as easy as possible to fulfill. The style also isn’t gendered, I can use it for both men and women, boys and girls.

Skill Level

Tin Can Knits patterns don’t tend to be too challenging to knit. They manage to keep things interesting without making you jump through hoops. The cable repeat in this pattern was simple and predictable, I didn’t have to refer to the instructions for every row, there wasn’t a complicated chart to follow.

Bon Bon Toque

I used Cascade 220 Superwash for this round of hats; I wanted a yarn that was machine washable, not too expensive, had a bit of a depth of colour (heathered colours work well for this), came a wide variety of colours to match their jackets, and was soft and comfortable. My tension with the yarn was a bit tighter than called for in the pattern and I didn’t want the textile to be loose, so I went down a needle size and up a size in the pattern (you can see my pattern notes on Ravelry).  I also elongated the ribbing to make it long enough to fold over  – I figured this might make the hat warmer, and give the garment a bit more longevity in the fit department as the kids grow.

Materials

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FREEBIE Big Hat

Big Hat

Great one skein last minute gift! A client came in last week wearing a very simple toque (that’s Canadian for a winter hat) made with Malabrigo Rasta and I immediately thought “I’ve got to find a pattern for my other clients for that!”.  This hat is styled with the brim turned up, but if you wear it turned down it becomes a perfect slouchy style hat. A bit Thank You to Halan for the inspiration!

Yarn Options

All the following yarn are suitable and ON SALE until January 8!

Materials

 

FREEBIE Sideways Cable Hat

Sideways Cable Hat

I think this hat is super cute and super clever – it’s knit sideways and then joined up the side. I think it would look amazing in a semi-solid colourway of Mineville Merino DK, or Cascade 220 Sport Superwash.

If you are intrepid try using a provisional cast on and then invisibly join the two sides using  kitchener stitch. If not, that’s ok too – for a nice, easy seam just use a provisional cast on (it’s just casting on with scrap yarn, not hard), and do a three needle bind off to finish. If all of this sounds too daunting to deal with, just cast on normally and seam using mattress stitch.

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 3.75mm/US5 needles
  • cable needle
  • tapestry needle

Notes

 

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FREEBIE Tea-Cozy Hat

Tea-Cozy Hat

People with ponies and buns (even man-buns) need hats too – especially this winter! I like the detail at the top of this hat by very clever hat designer Woolly Wormhead. The i-cord pulls it in to the exact size you need, and the little flourish on top finishes off the look. You can use any worsted or aran weight yarn, but I think it looks great in a soft, plush yarn like Malabrigo Merino Worsted.