Wurm (#23)

Nov 30, 2009

Using up a bit more of the never-ending skein of Fisherman's Wool, I whipped through the Wurm hat this past week.

Pattern: Wurm, by katushika (Ravelry link)  
Yarn: Fisherman's Wool, from my stash. The color is a white-ish natural color, and the skein has lasted for EVER.  
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) circulars and dpns.

Notes:

I made this hat exactly according to the pattern, and other than feeling like the brim was taking forever {you knit it double, to make a super extra warm brim}, the pattern worked up wonderfully.

** ** ** Don't forget about the 25th hat celebration happening all next week - there will be giveaways Monday - Friday, as well as a Twitter-specific giveaway!

Felicity (#22)

Nov 27, 2009

Felicity has become one of the patterns I'm officially knitting for Christmas presents - a great hat, worked up fast and easy, and with just a few modifications.  

Pattern: Felicity, by Wanett Clyde.  
Yarn: Patons Worsted in a pink/brown variegated, donated by one of the aunts
Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) and US size 7 (4.5 mm) 16" circulars, and US size 7 (4.5 mm) DPNs.  

Notes:

While most people on Ravelry talk about needing a few mods to knit this hat up to their satisfaction, I made this Felicity with almost none, to see how the pattern worked up as written. I found that using Patons, which is a thicker worsted, made this hat knit up super thick and squishy, which is perfect for a charity donation hat. I can understand why most people size up to size 6/8 needles, however, and in the future will be doing just that I think.

My only complaint? That I used variegated yarn that pooled strangely through the increases. Need an example? You can see the pink and brown pooling on the side of the hat, which make it look like the hat sits a ton funnier on my head than it actually does. I think this hat is best suited to solid yarn, or yarn with slight hand-dyed variations at the most. Using a variegated yarn of this nature only emphasizes a part of the hat I think doesn't need as much emphasis as it's being given here. But that's not so much a pattern issue as a yarn-selection issue, now is it?! In the future I'll use Paton's again for this hat without reservation, although I'll be dipping into my solid-yarn stash for sure!

Walk In The Park (#21)

Nov 25, 2009

This hat worked up fast and easy, and is a great pattern for a slightly baggy hat.  

Pattern: Walk In The Park Hat, from Pickles  
Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool Multi {worsted weight, blue variegated} donated to the Project from Knitting School Dropout  
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) and US size 10 (6.0 mm) 16" circulars and US size 10 (6.0 mm) DPNs  

Notes:

I didn't do anything different or special to this pattern. I cast on and knit according to the pattern all the way, and the only change I made was knitting until I was almost out of yarn before binding off, rather than knitting for the listed number of inches. I think if I had tracked inches, the hat would have actually ended up a bit longer, and if I were to make it again I'd make it about an inch shorter, so it worked out great for my needs. The pattern seems lacier than I'd want to use for a charity donation hat, but once worked up it holds in warmth quite nicely, I'd imagine due to doubling the yarn up throughout. I can't imagine anyone wearing this hat feeling the least bit cold!

L.A. Winters (#20)

Nov 23, 2009

Hat #20 is another milestone - I've officially completed 20% of the project. And to celebrate, I created another hat pattern! I've still got a few pattern details to work out before I share it, but I wanted to give you all a peek and talk about some of the finer features.

The L.A. Winters hat is inspired by a shot I saw of David Beckham on a gossip website. He was rocking the greatest beanie in the midst of Los Angeles fall/winter - where, to my understanding, people pull out winter coats when it's 60 degrees - and I loved the detail.

With seemingly random ribs running the length of the hat, I discovered some pattern to it, and started to knit almost immediately. The hat I'm wearing in the photo is the smallest version, and meant to be baggy on a child.

I love that the L.A. Winters hat can be made to fit closer to the head or super big and baggie, depending on your mood.

I'll release the pattern along with the big 25th Hat Celebration Blog Party I'm having the week of December 7th, so you've got a few weeks to wait before you can make one of your very own, but I figure with American Thanksgiving hitting this week, you'll have plenty to keep you occupied!

Aviatrix (#19)

Nov 16, 2009

Meet Aviatrix! With almost no mods to the hat, it worked up fast and wonderful - check out the details.  

Pattern: Aviatrix, published by Just Jussi {free Ravelry download}  
Yarn: Zealana Kia Ora Kauri Worsted Weight.

This yarn was donated from My Mummy Knits, and is made from Possum {not the American version, but a New Zealand animal with super soft fur}. My Mummy Knits has offered a discount in their shop for One Hundred Hats readers! Simply mention One Hundred Hats when you write your check-out comments, and My Mummy Knits will take 10% off your order between now and the end of the year!  

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) and US size 4 (3.5 mm)

Notes:

This was such a fun pattern to use! I ended up making no modifications, and working the pattern as written, and I had no issues. The combo of the Possum yarn and the ribbing around the brim of the hat is quite honestly heavenly, and I can imagine some tiny child will be super warm and snuggly in this hat. I loved knitting it so much, in fact, that I immediately cast on two more Aviatrix hats for a commission I've had in my personal queue to make. Such a fun and easy pattern for babies/toddlers, I'll be making more and more of these in the coming years!

Warm Woolies Is Closing Their Doors

Nov 14, 2009
It's a sad day today. Warm Woolies is officially closing their doors at the end of the year. And so these hats I've been knitting must find a new home. Warm Woolies has operated for years, providing warm items to children in orphanages around the globe. I'm extremely sad to see them close up shop, and am sending my good thoughts to the people who have volunteered so much time to make the organization what it was. I will, however, continue to knit hats. I'm in the process of finding a new place to donate, and am feeling the push to move this project closer to one of the end goals I had for it. To make it more than just a space for me to knit, and to include the knitting community at large in the process. For the time being, I'll continue to update you with my progress in hat knitting, continue to plan the 25th Hat Celebration {tons of news on this to come next week}, and let you know as soon as I've got a larger plan.

Warm Woolies Is Closing Their Doors

It's a sad day today. Warm Woolies is officially closing their doors at the end of the year. And so these hats I've been knitting must find a new home.
Warm Woolies has operated for years, providing warm items to children in orphanages around the globe. I'm extremely sad to see them close up shop, and am sending my good thoughts to the people who have volunteered so much time to make the organization what it was.

I will, however, continue to knit hats. I'm in the process of finding a new place to donate, and am feeling the push to move this project closer to one of the end goals I had for it. To make it more than just a space for me to knit, and to include the knitting community at large in the process.

For the time being, I'll continue to update you with my progress in hat knitting, continue to plan the 25th Hat Celebration {tons of news on this to come next week}, and let you know as soon as I've got a larger plan.

Baby Beanie (#18)

Nov 12, 2009

Meet the Baby Beanie. I made several mods to this hat, and it turned out to be one that I loved knitting, and have added to my permanent knit file!  

Pattern: Baby Beanie by Ulli S. Shibuya. {this is a Ravelry-only download pattern.}  
Yarn: Cascade 220 in dark blue. I used approximately half a skein of yarn on this hat. This yarn was donated by Knitting School Dropout.  
Needles: for this hat, I used size 7 needles, both 16" circulars and DPNs.  

Notes:

This hat was originally intended to be knit with fingering weight yarn, on size 4 needles. It's meant to be a hat that fits a baby {hence the name!}, but as Warm Woolies needs hats made out of thicker yarn than fingering weight, so I sized the hat up by using worsted weight yarn and larger needles.

Cascade 220 knits up much thinner than I thought it would, and I probably could have knit this hat up with size 6 needles and made it to fit a smaller child's head. But I didn't know that before I started knitting with it, and so it's a bit thinner of a hat. Still thick enough to donate, but thinner than I'd thought it would turn out.

I loved knitting the pattern on this hat - a simple switch from knit to purl depending on the row, but it added a ton of fun and made the hat super enjoyable to knit. I've already got a few other kiddos on my list that would love to have a hat like this!

{Also, sorry for the crappy pictures. With the time change, it's dark by the time I get home from work, and so I'm trying to do self-portraits inside the house, without flash to wash out the knit stitches, and yet still keep them non-fuzzy. As you can tell, fuzzy still creeps in. Hopefully I can figure out a better photography system soon!}

Ribaroni (#17)

Nov 9, 2009

My rib-knitting still hasn't been worn out - I whipped through this hat in just two days, loving every minute of it! I knit up the "youth" size, which thanks to the slightly larger needles (I used size 8, the pattern calls for size 7) meant that an adult-sized head will fit it nicely. Perfect for growing older child-sized heads!

The yarn is some malabrigo donated to the project from Tri'Coterie Yarns (a Ravelry shop), and was a pleasure to work with. I love the subtle change in color that only a hand-dyed yarn will have. I swear I thought about keeping this hat for myself, but talked myself out of it!

Special thanks to Melanie, who modeled the hat for me, allowing me to interrupt her ice-cream eating and Dexter-watching!

Ribbed Beanie (#16)

Nov 5, 2009

I've been rocking the ribs lately - I don't know if I've got a hankering for something with an easy repeat or if I'm just feeling the ribs for their classic {and good for either sex} good looks. Either way, this light pink Ribbed Beanie helped fill my craving quite nicely. Made with Beaverslide Dry Goods McTaggart Tweed - quite a mouthful - this hat was equal parts pleasure and pain.

The pattern is wonderful, the yarn perfect and chunky, but somehow the combination did not please me. You may be able to notice the way the ribbing has a strange twist - right where the last knit meets up with the first purl on every row. I've been knitting long enough that this isn't normally a huge issue for me anymore, but on this hat it's all I can see. Might be why it took me almost ten tries to get a shot of the hat that I would like! Maybe I should have used a less-bulky yarn? Maybe I should have sized up one more needle, or sized down one? I'm not exactly sure, but if I make the hat again, I'll definitely make some adjustments.

Marsan Watchcap (15)

Nov 1, 2009

Specs: Marsan Watchcap by Staceyjoy Elkin. Made using one skein Reynolds Lite-Lopi and size 7 needles.
 
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