on hats

My knitting manifesto continues…

I do not knit hats to keep my head warm.

I knit hats because they’re quick. Most hats, even complicated ones on tiny needles can be finished, with focus, in a few nights.

I knit hats because they can be simple enough for an absolute beginner and still be pretty and stunning. But try something more complicated, like cables or colorwork or intarsia, and you can challenge yourself and still have the thrill of accomplishment.

I knit hats because decreases swirling around the top of a hat please me. Decreases in perfectly straight lines please me. Hidden decreases in cabled or color stranded designs please me.

I absolutely love knitting hats.

I recently finished knitting a few hats.

The pattern is my own End of May hat. The construction is one of my favorites. Begin with a regular cast on and knit the lining for a few inches. After a purl round to fold the hem, you get right to the good stuff…colorwork on every round. The chart is wide, repeated only four times on each round. I love the result – flowery and bold.

End of May

The lining is sewn down after you’ve fastened off the last of the stitches at the top. I have tried securing the lining while knitting, but I think the seam is slightly less defined if you do it with needle and thread at the end. I like holding one color of yarn in each hand for colorwork (and that’s the method I teach in my Intro to Stranding class). The work progresses quickly and it is fascinating seeing the pattern emerge.

End of May

I used Berocco Ultra Alpaca for the original version of the End of May hat and the black/purple hat. The yarn is growing on me…it’s affordable, the colors are glorious, the drape, the hand! I highly recommend using the Ultra Alpaca for this pattern.

The green/gray hat above is Cascade 220. Nice, but not as nice as the Ultra Alpaca. For the lining of both hats, I used a scrap of the softest sport weight yarn I had lying around.

I need to knit another End of May hat in the same colors as the original because I gave the original away to be auctioned off in the Denali Education Center Annual Auction. (Yes, it was dumb to send away my original, but it was for a good cause!) I also sent along a Noro version of my Two by One corrugated ribbed hat. They were both purple-y and looked good as a pair – one adult-sized and one kid-sized.

donation

My family long ago outgrew the need for hats to keep warm, but I’m knitting more hats. Always knitting more hats. I love knitting hats.

ETA: End of May on Ravelry, Two by One on Ravelry
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Giveaway!!

Hi!  I’m so glad you made it to my new blog. Welcome!

What’s New?

Not much is different, all the posts from the old blog appear here, but the changes are sort of fun. First of all, I own my domain and that is completely awesome. I feel like a grown-up (finally). You can also use the Share button at the bottom of each post to add the info to your favorite social networking site.

I also have a Classes page, which has all the details about my upcoming teaching schedule. If you’re from the area (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, or High Point, NC) then please have a look at that. There is also a newsletter for folks interested in taking any of my upcoming classes. You can use the sign-up form in the sidebar. Of course, anyone can sign up for the newsletter, but it’s definitely geared to those of you who live in or near Central North Carolina.

As before, I have listed all of my patterns – free and for sale – on the sidebar and on the Patterns page. In the future I plan to set up a shopping cart feature, but for now FREE downloads are available only through Ravelry.You do not have to be a Ravelry member to download FOR SALE patterns; just click the BUY NOW button that appears to make your purchase through Paypal.

It’s a Giveaway!

As a thank you for visiting my brand spanking new blog, I’m giving away some patterns.  Next week I’m going to be ready to release my new colorwork hat pattern, End of May. But you can win the pattern before it goes on sale!

End of MayHow to Enter

Please change your bookmarks. Please update your feed. I can’t know for sure if you’ve done it or not, but I trust you.  After you have updated your bookmarks and subscribed to the new feed, just leave a comment on this post by 9am EST, Sunday, July 5th. That’s it!

Prizes

I will randomly choose three commenters from this post to receive a free PDF copy of the End of May hat pattern and another for-sale pattern of their choice from my Patterns page (excluding Double Quick Toe Up Socks). For Ravelry members, I will send the pattern directly to your Ravelry Library. For non-Ravelry members, I will email you the file. Winners will be announced Sunday, July 5th. After I notify the winners, the pattern will be listed for sale for everyone!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I want to end with a big THANK YOU to all of the readers. You make this whole blogging thing worthwhile and fun. Thank you a million times!!