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  my rip-off trapper
when i need to feel better about myself, i knit with bulky yarn. starting and completing a project during two episodes of my favorite addiction (six feet under) can make anybody feel pretty great! The rip-off hat happened all-of-a-sudden… kinda like blacking out and when you come to, you have a finished hat in your lap?

Alisa's Hat 3

so here's the story on the hat you see above: i saw the trapper hat in the winter 2006 vogue knitting and thought it was great. Then I saw some pictures floating around out there and thought it was really great. Here’s the thing - I have to REALLY love a pattern and really want (nay, need) it in order to drop any cash on it. There are just too many great free patterns out there… and if that fails, I can usually make something up that I like even better.

so when I picked up the magazine to assess… as I expected, 98% of the patterns are ridiculous and not practical. I wasn’t about to spend my money on it. So I took a good long look at the hat, the suggested guage, needle size and yarn, and went on my way, with future plans of making my own version.

about a week later, my friend handed me a bag of yarn saying “my mom went to a close out sale at our local yarn shop and picked up some random stuff for me… can you make me a hat with any of these?” i opened the bag and out plopped a fat hank of brown sheep BURLY spun. It was just the sign I was looking for. I told her I already had something in mind for her and went on my merry way…

Alisa's Hat 2Alisa's Hat 1Alisa's Hat 4

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pattern: my own rip-off of the trapper hat

materials: brown sheep burly spun (100% wool) in "prarie fire"
needles: US 13 circulars

so this is what i came up with. i decided to leave the brim off of the hat - the more i thought about it, the more i didn’t like the brim. pulled out the big US 13’s and before I knew it I had effectively created the rip-off trapper hat. and my friend loves it… although the timing is a little off, its not necessarily a ‘spring cap,’ but hey, I figure its still cold in NYC right?

i roughly kept notes of the pattern, am thinking about posting it if anybody would like to knit this (cheaper and more practical) version of the Trapper.

PS: my roommate has a silver mannequin. It’s a great hat model.


Kudos to you for making up your own pattern! The hat is totally cute, and yes, *please* share your notes!

The hat looks fantastic. Great job.

Ah, Six Feet Under! I didn't get to see the last season and can't wait for it to come out in a couple of weeks. I absolutely LOVE that show.

your hat looks great and it would be awesome if you shared your pattern notes. i didn't like the brim on the vk hat, either. good job!

Great hat. And thanks for the clarification of the Club Kid manequin. It's not too often you see one of those around anymore. ;)

Great hat! Would love the pattern, definitely. And I mourn the demise of Six Feet Under!

Great hat! I'd defintely be interested if you decide to post - it gets plenty cold up here for a good bulky weight hat! :-)

Not only does your roommate have a silver mannequin, it appears to be dressed in ... a housecoat or mumu of some sort, and a leather vest?!? What the hell?


V. cute hat!

Your hat turned out beautifully!! I bought the VK especially for that pattern after spotting it on the internet, and I have to agree - that magazine is just a little over the top. And I even got suckered into buying the expensive blue sky bulky. All that, and I think I like yours better!

That is a great hat. Please post the pattern I have a daughter that has been begging me for a hat with ear flaps and your is FAB!

YES! Post the pattern!!!!

What a great hat. I love the cabely goodness of it, but it's still very wearable.

I love both the hat and the mannequin. Where does one even find a silver one with starts and a down vest and some crazy shirt?

Please post this pattern!!!

please please please would you share this pattern. My daughter is looking for this exactly... ihave been scouring the web and voila here you are. Thanks in advance for any help.

Adore this hat. Was thinking of making one of these and searched the internet and found this post. Not sure if you shared the pattern but if you did would you mind sharing it with me? Hope your New Year is going well.
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