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I did it!

I knit 30 hats in 30 days!

I finished Hat#30 at 10:45pm yesterday, Day #30.

Here are the last two:

Hat #29

Schoolhouse Press Un-Spun Icelandic wool in Winter Blue and Wood Violet
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches in color pattern
Size: Child Large/Adult Small

Still obsessed with Meg Swansen’s Russian Prime Pullover, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/russian-prime-sweater
I used the larger motif, centered it and then filled in with the diamonds of the pattern. I decreased the hat at 10 points and this asymmetrical pattern emerged. If I were to knit it again, I’d play with the crown design a bit; maybe incorporating the diamonds into the crown instead. But I love the design on the rest of the hat.

Hat #30


Schoolhouse Press Un-Spun Icelandic wool in Dusty Pink, Wood Violet and Shocking Pink
Gauge: 14 sts and 18 rnds = 4 inches in color pattern
Size: Child Large/Adult Small

Oooh look! A beret! I held the Un-Spun double on this one.

That’s it. What to knit next? I have a little knitting to do for Christmas…. just a few pairs of slippers in bulky yarn.

But tonight, I’m knitting some hats for my baby grand-nephew Oumar. I’ve been eyeing Purl Soho’s Garter Ear Flap Hat
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/garter-ear-flap-hat
and it’s time for me to knit someone else’s design for an evening. I’m really intrigued by the short row ear flaps…

Day#29 Hats #25-28.

I can’t believe it’s almost over because I have so many more ideas and only two more hats to knit. Let’s get caught up. I’ve been playing with Schoolhouse Press’s Un-Spun Icelandic wool. I love this yarn for its softness, lightness, warmth and incredible colors. I’ve been drawn to color pairings that are close in value lately, as you can see from the next offering of hats, but I think for the next hat or two, I may be using some higher contrast and brighter colors.

Hat #25

Schoolhouse Press Un-Spun Icelandic wool in Beige and Dusty Pink
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches in color pattern
Size: Child Large/Adult Small

I love the eye-of-the-hurricane-spiral on the crown of this one. Don’t you?

Hat #26

Schoolhouse Press Un-Spun Icelandic wool in Blacksheep and Sumac
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rnds = 4 inches in color pattern
Size: Child Large/Adult Small

I’ve always been intrigued by the color pattern of Meg Swansen’s Russian Prime Pullover http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/russian-prime-sweater
So when I saw it woven as a pillow recently, I took that as a sign to knit it into a hat. The crown shaping yielded a surprisingly pleasing asymmetrical design. Everyone witnessing the shaping at our Wednesday evening knitting group agreed. I might knit Hat #29 in the same pattern but with the positive and negative reversed. (I think I’ll need to decide that in the next hour….)

Hat #27

Schoolhouse Press Un-Spun Icelandic wool in Sumac, Blacksheep, Lake Blue, Wood Violet and Shocking Pink
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches in color pattern
Size: Child Large/Adult Small

A sweet little cloche with two color purl bump textured stripes. I ran out of the Blacksheep but it turned into a happy accident. I like the asymmetry of the striping.

Hat #28

Schoolhouse Press Un-Spun Icelandic wool in Sumac, Dark Caramel, Cayenne, and Gold
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches in color pattern
Size: Child Large/Adult Small

Sweet Peerie stripes on a simple earflap hat. Such fun to knit.

So two more to go. I’m thinking I’ll keep going with the Un-spun Icelandic and try some of the new neon colors. Until tomorrow!

Last night I got caught up. Today I puttered. Now I’m almost behind again. Puttering was rejuvenating though and I now have more than six new hat ideas. So here I sit, surrounded by scraps of paper, pads of graph paper, colored pencils, oodles of knitting needles and more balls of yarn than I’ll actually need. I can’t believe this will all be over on this coming Sunday.

Now onto the most recent hats – I plowed through all the Noro that I had in my stash and came up with five hats. They all kinda look alike because the color ways are the same or similar. I’ll point out the differences.

Hat #20

Noro Kama Wool/Silk/Alpaca/Kid Mohair/Angora
Gauge: 14 sts and 22 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Size: Child Large/Adult Small

Simple stockinette beanie with cable ribbing.

Hat #21

Noro Kama Wool/Silk/Alpaca/Kid Mohair/Angora
Gauge: 14 sts and 22 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Size: Adult Large

Carried a rib farrow up to the crown shaping. This is a comfy hat.

Hat #22

Noro Kama Wool/Silk/Alpaca/Kid Mohair/Angora
Gauge: 14 sts and 22 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Size: Adult Medium

Antler-ish cabled ribbing and then alternating cabling up to the crown.

Hat #23

Noro Silk Garden Lamb’sWool/Silk/Kid Mohair
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches in pattern stitch
Size: Adult Medium

Simple texture stitch of alternating bands of stockinette and seed stitch with a squared crown.

Hat #24

Noro Silk Garden Lamb’s Wool/Silk/Kid Mohair
Gauge: 14 sts and 26 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Size: Adult Medium

Antler cabled ribbing with horseshoe cables up to the crown. This is now my favorite hat.

I’m feeling like knitting some more stranded color patterns now.

Almost there! Hat #20 is on the needles and I have an idea for Hat #21 so…..

In the meantime, here are some more hats.

Hat #16

Blackberry Ridge Medium Weight Traditional Colors 100% Wool in Colonial Blue/Light Blue/Aster
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Size: Adult Medium

Used a Latvian Braid at the bottom of the hat and around the edge of the flower.

Hat #17

Knit One Crochet Too Paint Box 100% Wool
Gauge: 20 sts and 20 rnds = 4 inches in color pattern stitch
Size: Child Large/ Adult Small

This is a self-striping yarn and I paired two balls so that the colors would contrast. The color values vary so there are places of high and low contrast. Fun! Fun! Fun! I want to explore more ideas with this yarn.

Used a corrugated rib at the bottom and for the crown; squared shaping for the crown.

Hat #18


Knit One Crochet Too Paint Box 100% Wool
Gauge: 20 sts and 20 rnds = 4 inches in color pattern stitch
Size: Adult Large

I’m still not sure about this hat. I shaped it on the fly and there are things I would do differently the next time. I do like the color play though.

Hat #19

Blackberry Ridge Medium Weight Traditional Colors 100% Wool in Light Blue/Aster
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Size: Child Large/Adult Small

Fun color work design on this one.

More than half way done!

Time to get back on track! Five hats to show today.

Hat #11:

Blackberry Ridge Medium Weight Traditional Colors 100% Wool in Colonial Blue
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches in pattern stitch
Toddler/Child’s Small

Easy cabled rib pattern.

Hat #12:

Universal Yarn Classic Worsted Tapestry 75% Acrylic 25% Wool in Sweetheart
Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches in pattern stitch
Child’s Large/Adult Small

A good old fashioned stocking cap knit with self-striping yarn.

Hat #13

Adriafil KNITCOL ART.KN 100% Merino Superwash
Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches in pattern stitch
Toddler/Child’s Small

A diagonal rib pattern stitch offset the striping.

Hat #14

Adriafil KNITCOL ART.KN 100% Merino Super wash
Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches in pattern stitch
Toddler/Child’s Small

Straightforward; the yarn does all the work.

Hat #15

Blackberry Ridge Medium Weight Traditional Colors 100% Wool in Colonial Blue
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Toddler/Child’s Small

1×1 rib brought up at 8 points with reverse stockinette between the points.

All were fun and easy to knit.

We’re a little past the halfway mark! I’m currently working on Hat #17…. but I have ideas for more.

I haven’t been blogging but I have been knitting. When I haven’t been chopping onions. Why do all my Thanksgiving recipes include at least one chopped onion?

I tried a bit of modular knitting on these two hats.

The first is a series of mitered squares with garter st rows between them. The top is shaped by decreasing at 6 points. I picked up at the bottom and knit a few rows of garter st and bound off with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Then seamed.

Blackberry Ridge Medium Weight Kaleidoscope 100% Wool in Firecracker
Gauge: 16 sts and 16 rows = 4 inches in garter st

It’s a favorite, although it looks more like a light bulb cover than a hat in this photo.

It was such a quick knit that I thought I’d try another modular design. Unfortunately, this idea turned into 2 days’ worth of work. I was stymied by the nesting right angles as they kept turning into entrelac. Being stubborn, a few hours later, success was mine. I increased in each st and then knit the cap in garter, decreasing at 10 points every 4 ridges.

Blackberry Ridge Medium Weight Traditional Colors 100% Wool in Colonial Blue, Light Blue and Aster
Gauge: 16 sts and 16 rows = 4 inches in garter st

Now I’m left wondering why I didn’t knit the cap in stockinette to save time, but I do like the garter stitch.

I have a few more hats done and will save them for separate blog posts. Tomorrow I’ll show a kid’s hat.

With a few rip backs behind me, I finished yesterday’s hat this morning. It’s prim bordering on dowdy in my estimation.

I started with a Latvian twisted garter stitch border. The garter stitch “ribbon” is smocked every 2 inches or so and the bow is also sewn on.

Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Sport Weight/ Colors: Cream and Black
Gauge: 24sts and 28rnds = 4″
Size: Adult Large

I’m almost finished today’s hat but I’ll save its blog post for tomorrow. I’m falling a wee behind but there is not much on the docket tomorrow and since snow is promised, I may get caught up.

Today’s hat was simple but seemed to take forever to knit. I wanted to see how the hand painted yarn would pool and settled on stripes after a bit of experimenting. I kept picturing 1940’s head wraps as I was knitting this one but that may have been because I was watching a Fred Astaire Broadway Melody movie.

Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Sport Weight/ Colors: Cream and Tropical Fish
Gauge: 24sts and 28rnds = 4″
Size: Adult Large

I kept the crown simple and decreased at 10 points, every other row 6 times then every row 6 times.

I proclaim it: slouchy and fun.

Tomorrow will be something prim and then onto yarns that are heavier than sport weight.

When I started this project, I didn’t know that I would be so mesmerized by crown shapings and their resulting patterns. Here’s today’s crown:

Totally unexpected and totally pleasing.

I really didn’t know where I was going with this hat. I didn’t chart anything and used an 8 stitch repeat Norwegian motif. I knitted according to my mood and took a chance on reversing the background and pattern colors after a few repeats and then back again. I like it.

Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Sport Weight/ Colors: Black and Tropical Fish
Gauge: 24sts and 28rnds = 4″
Size: Adult Large

I’m curious about the pooling with this colorway so I’ll experiment with this tomorrow.