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  Handknit Hats
I guess it's never too late to share Christmas knitting, is it? As I promised before (this long silence), I'd show a few quick little knits that were distributed under the tree this year and now live far far away. Today's hats both reside in Portland, Oregon where wool's water-resistant qualities are highly appreciated.

Jo's Hat (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

The first is an adaptation of the Thorpe pattern [PDF]. I really liked this pattern (it's knit from the top down, and you know I love that) but knew that handspun was in order so I decided to merge the two. The yarn I had on hand was DK weight so I just tweaked the numbers a bit to work - very easy to do when knitting hats from the top down. It turned out lightweight, fluffy and rather nice for a milder climate. Stripey too.

Jo's Hat (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

The yarn is a 2-ply merino that I spun last fall with this particular recipient in mind. The fiber was handdyed in sunny California at Pigeonroof Studios and turned out to be a lovely little skein. I actually have enough of it leftover to knit another hat, so you may see this one pop up again in the future. Here's the unknit yarn hanging in the window.

Lazy Daisy Drying

Hat number two was a little stashbusting creation. I had about half a skein of both Silk Garden and Cascade 220, both in neutral shades, both begging to be married. So I put them together and got this.

Ryan's Hat

The hat is just about as basic as can be, aside from maybe the crown. I really love how raglan-style decreases create a square-top on hats. I got to thinking of the stripes as circles and thought it might be interesting to throw some squares into the mix. I started thinking of this hat as squares-within-circles and really liked how it turned out.

Ryan's Hat (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

The photos were taken on Puget Sound at Dash Point in Washington State. While we were walking the beach we saw a whole herd (school?) pod of Orcas (thanks everyone!) jumping off the coast - something I've never seen in all my life. And I grew up there. It was pretty great - and you can't beat that Puget Sound light!

Ryan's Hat

Knitting has been regretfully slow around here lately, but a few projects can pull you through almost any stress-ridden period (thank heaven for Baby Surprise Jackets!)... and when did February sneak up on us?

Okay, here's one more picture of canoodling handknits
for the road.

Ryan and Jo

Until next time - happy knitting!

I adore your hats! The striped hat is a genius marriage of color and geometry. Great work and they look very well received.

wow, your handspun of my roving looks wonderful in that hat! Beautiful spinning job, too!

Oh Dash Point! How many summer evenings spent there, lusting over life?

Great hats - I love the circle/square of the second one.

Holy moley that photography is simply stunning. I mean, I already loved the hats, but photographed like that? Breathtaking. Great work all round (and square) :)

Your knitting always inspires me, and your photos are stunning!

P.S. It's a pod of orcas.

Looks great both. Thanks about the Thorpe-link. Havetodo :)
Aaaand I love your photos.

I love your knitting, truly! Despite the fact that you are tempting me with learning to spin, dye and take decent photos, but you deprived us of orca pics!!!!!

Your handspun is absolutely lovely and the hats are wonderful! Beautiful work as usual!

Your mixing of striped yarns (namely with the Kureyon scarves) inspired me to make a scarf mixing Cascade 220 and Crystal Palace Taos. It is one of my favorite scarves. If I ever get around to updating my blog, I will post pictures of it.

Gorgeous everything (knitting, handspun, photography), as always! Love the stripey hat.
(And thanks for the FLOGS group!)

beautiful hats, beautiful pictures... as usual...
every post of yours is such a great pleasure for the eyes :-)


ps: thanks for the pdf link, it looks like a rowan model but with thinner wool

Great hats! And nice to see your faces. =)

love the choice of the 4 decrease raglan decreases with the stripes. terrific!

Beautiful! I think I'm going to have to make a handspun Thorpe!

I love the geometry of the squares within circles hat. Basic yet lovely.

As I longingly wait for your next blog entry, I often wonder if it is the knitting, the photography or your creative way with words that I apprecciate most....today that question was answered...it is all three. You simply delight me!


Fantastic hats! I'm inspired to do a squared circle myself...

I believe orcas swim in "pods," a term which has always made me smile. What an amazing looking place!

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Gorgeous. Your photography is stunning as always.

As usual, beautiful knits and photos! I'm sure those hats will be great for soggy weather!

Thanks for the great link to Thorpe, I'd never seen that one! It will come in handy for my handspun. I think my Spunky Eclectic Monkey Farts/Wheat Sheaves 2-ply resembles your pretty yellow PRS skein which thrills me to no end.

The squares within circles hat is brilliant as well. Love a good hat post!

A pod of orcas...you learn something new every day. Nice hats! I love the colors in the handspun.

Beautiful, beautiful photos -- what an inspiration. I love the hats too. And I see an earlier commenter, Knittripps, has already let you know that orcas come in pods (like peas?).

The hats are wonderful (love all the variations in the yellow!), and the Puget Sound photos are making me homesick. I did my undergrad at UPS, and now I'm halfway across the country in Chicago - I definitely miss that light you're talking about!

I love the yellow hat, with the brown flecks it reminds me of a vanilla ice cream with toffee chunks in it. Very nice, you make me want to take up spinning.

Beautiful hats and of course amazing photos :-)

I called my husband over to the computer to look at your pictures today. While he may be ambivalent about your beautiful hats, your photography leaves no-one unimpressed. Thank you for sharing these with us.

Beautiful everything: hats, pictures, people.

Wow, what great hats! That last picture is simply adorable, too.

Great hats! And, I know that Dash Point beach very well. My father used to fish off the old pier. We lived in Brown's Point. I'm a long way from home here in Potomac, MD, but my heart is always in the PNW.

Those are BEAUTIFUL hats! Where exactly is Dash Point? I live in Olympia - but that's a place I've never been to.

Gorgeous knitting, gorgeous canoodling. What a great idea for using up little left-over bits of Noro.

The yellow is an amazing yarn for that hat. Like you said the decreases are in perfect placement for design.
Your mention in the post below I had to peek over at Webs and look for Queensland and as a result I have 12 skeins of Kathmandu DK on my way in a yellow tweed! Thanks!!

georgeous as always....is there a generic pattern for a hat with the raglan style decreases out there?...would love to play with it with some stash I have....

Fantastic hats! You always have something remarkable to offer in knitting and photography. But I must say, the picture I enjoy the most is the last one. What joy!

Beautiful hats and gorgeous yarns.

You do take the most beautiful photos. Every post, post after post, sumptuous. Thanks for that.

Great hats; the yellow reminds me a little of crême brulée. Thank you for reminding me of Dash Point. My sister lives not all that far away, and I have happy memories of taking my girls there on a visit.

You know "Puget Sound" is one of those place names that have long fascinated me, alongside "Sargasso Sea" ...
I love everything you show us Jared, beautiful hats, beautifully photographed with lots of palpable love in both. Thanks.

Living in the soggy parts of Oregon certainly does require warm woolly headgear. This makes me want to add another piece to my collection of head gear for our wet winters. These are beautiful.

I just printed out the Thorpe patterns yesterday! I have some handspun laying around that is just begging to be made into a great hat like this.
Awesome pictures as alwasy!

Just awesome. I LOVE the yellow-ish one. You are going to have to sell yarn. You know you're going to have to fill us in on the adaptations to the Thorpe. The pod of Orcas--magical.

Beautiful knitting, Jared, and beautiful photos.

Thank you for sharing.

Gasp... when Mum's awake from her nap (she just flown in from Singapore), we got to show her this post. You seem to just churn out such beautiful knits effortlessly. And superb photography too! I love the last photo the best - so much love!

I don't even knit, but I love your blog. It's art to me.

Gorgeous hats! I hope someday I can create handspun as lovely as yours.

Nice photo shots of the hats! And, I especially like the LAST photo - it's adorable! You guys look great together.

When I was a kid growing up in Auburn WA, my favorites were Dash Point and Saltwater Park.

*love* The squares in the circles are awesome and I am totally adding Thorpe to my queue.

What happy pictures! =) The hats are scrumptious.

Ah, the southern reaches of the home waters. It must have been the San Juan orcas you saw - they were far afield! A low snow pack three years ago caused a gap in the salmon populations, so our resident pods deserted us for greener pastures last summer. I hope they're finding sustenance down at your old stomping grounds.

Beautiful hats, and gorgeous handspun!

The hats are beautiful as is that last picture!

Beautiful hats. I hope to spin that well someday! Also, the puget sound area is lovely, I am from there so I completely dig your photos :)


Very very nice hats!!!

Nice knits, love the photos as always.



I love your blog! Your photos, your knits, your designs. Everything. Did you design that striped hat or is the pattern commericially available? I would love to make one like that. Thanks.

I am loving the yellow hat, it would be a perfect pattern for a friend with no hair and cold ears!!
I have added your blog onto my sidebar, hope it's ok. I am having a bogoversary competition so come on over and visit!

Don't you love Pigeon Roof's stuff? Hence my love for the striping on the yellow hat as well. Nice pic of your brother (or it looks like him at least) and the wife!


GREAT PICTURES AS ALWAYS!!!!! Could be featured in a fashionmagazine. Pity we don't see the orca's

Gorgeous hats and gorgeous photos! I love the combination of handspun/dyed with elements from your stash--it makes the hats look unique and lovely.

stunningly beautiful, as usual. And to that I've given you an award on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

As always....you inspire!
Thanks,too, for the Thorpe Pattern.

Both hats are wonderful! I really like your adaptation of Thorpe. I'm just learning to spin, and I think I'll work toward making some yarn for a hat like this : )

Gosh, as though it hasn't already been said... I just love that you keep on knitting and posting - it's a true pleasure to stop in and see what you're up to.

That last photograph is just wonderful - so alive.

Beautiful hats too. :)

Great hats --
and absolutely fabulous photography. Beautifully done.

great color working as always! and the light IS beautiful up there - wow! now that i live on this side of the continent i really must check that out sometime. lovely hats - i'm sure they're being well-loved, too. :) gabriella

Hats are good in general, and good, in the specific case of these two as well. I'm feeling a large case of hat-love (to go with my mitten love-case) coming upon me.

I have a skein of yarn I spun from a pigeonroof roving and I had no plans for what to do with it until I saw the gorgeous picture of your pigeonroof hat! The hats are both really wonderful, as is the photography...I miss the Pacific NW SO much!!

All of your photos are so gorgeous! Do you take them yourself? What kind of camera do you use?

Great processing Jared! Miss you ~ xoxo Jo

I love, love, love the yarn that you spin!!! Do you ever think about selling it? If you did, I would have to buy some :)

i'd really like info on your camera. great photos. care to 'fess up?

Those are great! I love your color combos! Yellow is my 'new' favorite color right now!

I am so quickly falling in love with your patterns, I finished my Hemlock Ring its on Ravelry under needles54 or at my blog

thanks for a great pattern

Lovely hats, Jared! Particularly love the Thorpe pattern (kind of an upscale and refined version of the very cunning Jayne Cobb - and you can't beat that!). Keep the good stuff coming! S

I just discovered your blog while procrastinating at the office. Wow... so much to inspire me. I have my eye on your smoking jacket from Son of a Stitch & Bitch. It's going to be my next major project. I want to leave my office, run home, pick up my needles and a beautiful skein from my stash, and devote the rest of my life to knitting. Ah, a girl's gotta dream. Thanks for the wee break from reality.

Thank you for sharing your patterns with us via your blog. I made your turn the square hat for my grandson and he LOVES it!

I am simply in love with your work!!
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