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  christmas hats on parade
well, its about time for a beefy huge photo-post to update you all on what i've been doing most evenings
this winter... the good news is, i think i'll be finished with all of my gifts for everyone just in time for christmas. i only have two more hats to finish (both of which are in progress and will not be included in this post, for obvious reasons.)

here it is, the winter line from brooklyn tweed ... THE HAT PARADE:

from top to bottom: shedir cables, lamb's pride pompom, bulky merino cozy cap, striped hat with earflaps, ganomey hat, merino ear flaps, prospect park stipes, merino ear flaps II, nautilus hat. read on for specs...

pattern: my own
materials: lamb's pride worsted [colors: heather, red]
needles: US 8 dpn's
thoughts: this was actually made a while back, but i am gifting it this christmas because its nice and lord knows i have too many hats for myself.

pattern:modified version of the Official Kitty Hat
materials: malabrigo pure worsted merino [color: sealing wax]
needles: US 7 36" circs using magic loop method

thoughts:well, this yarn is a marvel of the wool-world. and the color is absolutely insane. i enjoyed every minute of knitting it up and its such a beautiful FO. the color is so intense, it sort of sucks you in. it'll be hard to give it up, but i know it will be worn by a VERY appreciative head.

Pattern: Prospect Park Cap original pattern
Materials: karabella aurora 8 superwash merino [colors: burnt orange, brown]
Needles: US 6 16" circular

Thoughts: see previous post for more in depth details and photos

Pattern: moss stitch ear flaps my own pattern
Materials: malabrigo pure worsted merino [color: sunset]
Needles: US 7 36" circular using magic loop

Thoughts: i beefed up the earflaps on this one for more adequate coverage. so soft. so warm. great color. check.

Pattern:the Ganomey Hat Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac
Materials: Lamb's Pride Bulky [color: loden leaf]
Needles: US 9 29" circulars using magic loop

Thoughts: this hat is warm and fun to knit. so inventive, although i can't say i'm surprised. zimmarmann is a wonder! to get the full effect you really need to see it modeled. i may post more photos of these hats being worn later.

Pattern: seeded ear flap stripes original pattern
Materials: malabrigo pure worsted merino [colors: sunset and continental (blue)]
Needles: US 7 36" circular using magic loop

Thoughts: this is still obviously in progress (wasn't planning on giving someone a uni-flap hat for christmas.) still to do: add second earflap, add i-cords to flaps and pom-pom on top of hat. Finish off with a crochet chaing edging all around the bottom to pull everything together.

Pattern: bulky cozy cap my own pattern
Materials: malabrigo bulky merino [color: pearl]
Needles: US 9 29" circular using magic loop

Thoughts: this hat was a very quick knit and is very simple. but its veeery soft, bulky and warm. semi luxurious. cool color too.


Pattern: FAT stripes scarf my own (1x1 ribbing, extra thick and reversible)

Materials: Lion Brand Thick N' Quick

Needles: US 15 straight bamboo needles

Thoughts: this was a fun knit, despite the aversion to acrylic... my roommate will love it and it will keep anyone warm who borrows it (me, most of all)

Closing Comments :: Now I understand that these hats aren't nearly as fun when not modeled in the photos. Here is my defense. My head is freakishly large and in order to model most of these hats i would sacrifice their elasticity. I was short on "regular-sized head" people as well. But the provided photos will suffice for providing all the necessary information about materials, etc. I hope you enjoy! Comments are always welcome and if you have any questions, or want patterns, just ask!

Not Pictured above: the Nautilus Hat (modified version for smaller guage) made with Misti Alpaca Worsted (forgot to get a picture of it.) and Shedir from Knitty (see previous post for in-depth description and photos)


The golden moss stitch with flaps is my favorite. I like the beffy ties on it, too. Are tose that icord I keep hearing about? That is one great looking hat you designed. If you ever make a pattern for that, please let me know!

yes. its a three stitch i-cord. really easy and puts a great finishing touch on the hat. all you need are two dpn's and you'll be whipping them out in no time!

All your hats are gorgeous! The colors and patterns are great choices. I'm interested in seeing the ganomy hat modeled too..

wow! color me impressed! i love the red of the modified kittyville - is it as rich as it looks on my monitor?

another vote for a shot of ganomy on an actual head - i'm intrigued.

I tried looking for the Shedir pattern on knitty.com and I couldn't find it? Did I misunderstand? I'd really love to make this hat, but hard to do without a pattern.

Thanks, Mary

Found it!
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LOVE the hats! How did you modify the kitty hat? Just not do the ears? -Carla

They are all just beautiful. Each one so unique and beautiful in it's own right, but together, even better! It must feel satisfying seeing them all stacked up together like that, all ready to be wrapped and gifted away. Such lucky recipients!
I just finished a cabled alpaca hat this evening and was thinking I could burn through a good bit of stash by making more hats. Thank you for the inspiration.

What great hats!
You're an inspiration!

Wow! Those beanies look great! I need to learn how to do hats! Two weeks into learning how to knit and I'm on to my second scarf. ;)

Can I ask a question? I've been having terrible luck with hats recently, they're all coming out too big when I follow the patterns. For a normal size head, about how many inches from the cast on edge do you knit before beginning the decreases for the crown?
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