Knit & Crochet Your Stitch into a Creative Hat
All my favorite Winter hats come from those I've knitted or crocheted over the years. Last year I needed some new warm hats because the one I'd most recently made remained in its elusive Summer hiding place, and I had wearied of searching for it.
After some research I purchased 100 Hats to Knit & Crochet because it has such a huge variety of styles and I knew I wanted to make several. A quick glance at the thumbnail pictures in the front of the book was like a trip down my needleworking memory lane.
I can't remember how I learned to knit,
so it must have been in childhood when I picked it up from Mom. Early on in my marriage, with a baby and another one on the way I lived 17 miles out of our small town, on a cattle and hay ranch. Temperatures plunged that first year to 30 below zero, with winds sheeting over the hills at 60 mph.
The little frame ranch hand's house we rented lacked insulation and had no putty around the window panes, so they actually rattled when the winds blew. During the frigid periods the winds drove right through the cracks between the glass and the window frames and even rippled the heavy woolen blankets I hung over them.
To combat the chill I knitted up a storm - a complete bunting set with a zippered front and attached hood for the new baby, and a four piece snowsuit for the toddler were my first projects. Then I made hats and scarves for myself. I particularly loved a mohair hood/scarf combo that protected me from the worst blustery weather, and still kept me warm even when wet.
From my new book I made a series
of knitted hats with earflaps and ties for a project for the homeless in this region of the state. Janice Tufte founded the program Warm for Winter in which volunteers knit and crochet handmade hats and scarves that are then distributed to homeless individuals through local nonprofits.
Chain Mail Style Helmet Wins Favor
Neighbors even wanted my hats so I knitted some more. For myself I wanted a synthetic ribbed hat with flaps for daily walks and hikes that could be easily laundered in the machines. and then treated myself to a cable knit helmet style hat knitted with huge needles and triple yarns, knitting each row. It's found on page 54, and can be finished in a day. Just be warned - everyone who sees this hat will want one of their own. It makes a perfect gift for anyone.
Jockey Caps are Pert and Easy
I made up several of the Jockey Caps shown on page 22 for gifts. They knit up fast and I learned how to knit a double faced bill too, something I had never envisioned doing on my own. I used a piece of thin craft foam to gift the bill some heft.
So Many Varieties in Knit or Crochet
My decision was easy, once I saw the photos that make up the table of contents - a quick reference that makes decision making a snap, I knew this is the only hat book I need. I used cotton yarn and knit my granddaughter a billed cap for Springtime, and whenever I have a great grandbaby I'll have the directions for making a fancy Tibetan Hat, bonnet, baseball cap, or beanie for the babe.
Flowered Hats can be Customized
There's several flowered cloches that I'm considering making for myself or a friend, and also scrunchable and packable sombreros or brimmed summer hats and winter caps with posies.
I like the idea of getting scarf and mitten patterns in one book - hats too. It's fun to have a selection so you can make the special scarf just right.
I heard about this loom from Janice, who runs the Warm for Winter project. Many many of the people who make hats and scarves for her project use this loom. It's easy and portable.
I just had to share this because it's adorable and fun for the parents that can't take enough creative pics of their newborn.