17 november 2015

I'm Johnny Two Hats, why do you think they call me that?

Just a warning: this post is going to have a LOT of pictures of my head. Photographing hats, quite the ego trip...

I've been on a bit of a knitting kick lately, and hats are one of my favourite things to knit. They're easy enough to make whilst watching tv, they don't use a lot of yarn so you can splurge on nice stuff and they don't take forever like a scarf or a sweater does. I made a few hats last winter and over the past few weeks, and today I'll show you ALL OF THEM.

The first one is one of my favourites. It's the Rooty, a pattern I spotted on Jo's blog before, and it was a bit of love at first sight. The construction is easy but quite clever: you knit the band first on straight needles and then join it in the round for the body of the hat. This creates a vent in the back so your entire head is covered without any awkward bunching up!

The yarn for this isn't super special: two different colours of sock yarn held together. It was on sale at the shop, and combined with my employee discount this made for a super cheap hat that has already gotten tons of wear!

Here's another firm favourite! This yarn is a nice and warm alpaca blend, and I sort of made the pattern up as I went with it. If I remember correctly it went a bit like this: knitting a swatch, calculating how many stitches to cast on, knitting ribbing until I got sick of it, deciding  this yarn would look cool in a seed stitch, cursing myself for doing what's essentially more knits&purls, finishing the hat as a slouchy beanie, deciding to forego a pom pom for once. I love it. It's burgundy!

This was a new addition to the hat collection, shown together with my friend Dead Waldo (wearing one of the very first hats I ever knitted. So deep, you guys). I had been eyeballing this yarn for a while now (the main problem with seeing things almost every day...) and went for it in the end. It's pretty interesting: bulky strands of white wool (that go from thick to thin) wrapped in dark blue yarn. I used a plain white bulky yarn for the ribbing since that looked horrendous in the effect yarn (so uneven!) and made a big fluffy pom pom with the leftovers. Toasty!

You wouldn't say it, but it's also the perfect hat to be dramatic in.

Next up: another Rooty hat! This one is made from a super luxurious alpaca and merino mix, and it took longer than all previous hats combined. Most of this was my fault: I wanted to knit the pattern with smaller needles (since this yarn is finer than what the pattern calls for) and add a stranded pattern around the brim, so I had to work with a certain number of stitches to be able to make a nice repeat. I think I cast this on and ripped it back out three or four times.

It worked out in the end though: the end result is a bit more snug than what I'm used to, but it's totally wearable. The yarn is amazingly soft, and it has skulls on it. Because I'm really a tough and badass person, yes sir!

And finally, a new favourite! I bought 100 grams of this yarn at Julija's shop when Tasia was visiting Belgium, and I LOVE the colour. Seriously, I have an appointment with my hairdresser later this week (back to blue!) and I'm tempted to bring this hat to show the exact colour I want. Is it silly to match your hair to your hat?

(At this point I was a bit fed up with taking pictures so all the other ones look like this. The life of a sewing blogger.)

Again, no real pattern here. cast on stitches until I think it will fit my head, try on a few times along the way, make big fluffy pom pom. The yarn is a lovely soft merino, dyed in small batches and OMFG THE COLOUR.

And with that, I kind of managed to get hats out of my system! There's more knitting on the agenda though, I have a cabled scarf (ouhhh) almost finished (around 50 cm to go!) and I have some yarn lying around that would like to become a Guernsey wrap...

(For those of you wondering about the post title, click here! And then watch the entire show, 'cause it's amazing.)

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