FO: Hats & Unexpected Hiatuses

I realized I hadn’t checked in for about a week and I didn’t meant to take a hiatus…I just haven’t felt like I had a ton to say while I was working on lots of little thing. I’ve been a bit preoccupied with work, teaching (I never consider it work because it doesn’t really feel like it), a trip to Louisville, Kentucky for the long weekend and then a little upcoming mandatory down time (I have to have a minor surgical procedure that will require me to rest this weekend – which means knitting and dog snuggles are required). But throughout everything, I still knit.
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So one of my latest hats (I told you, 2018 is the clearly the year of the hat for me) is another Karite hat. You may remember the one I made in black in December as a gift. This is a lovely purple version using the Fiberist Audubon Worsted for my girlfriend Alisa. She asked for a simple purple hat and I thought this would fit the bill. Also, this is a really yummy yarn to work with. I loved the color and it just felt great while I was working with it. I’m interested in trying more!
Karite blocked
Also I try on all hats before they are given way. I have to make sure they fit! I love the look of this hat pattern and totally have intentions to make it in an off white version for myself…I just never seem to get around to it!
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I also offered to put a pompom on it and she declined. I told her she was no fun. I feel like most hats require a pom on top. It just ups the cuteness factor by like 200%!

So I just wanted to pop in to say yes, I’m still here and plugging along but I might quiet for just a bit longer but I’ll be back! Knit on my friends!

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FO: A Sparkly Beezee

I knit another brioche hat this month with the original intentions of giving it to my girlfriend Alisa. I mentioned she wanted a hat with purple in it but she told me she wanted simple. I quickly realized I was not making a simple hat and that it would be better suited for me than for her. So the Beezee hat became my latest brioche wonder and I’m happy I kept it.

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Teal side is dominant here.

One of the things I love about brioche knitting is that it creates a reversible fabric so I love picking great contrasting colors. For this hat I decided to use the leftovers of my Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn from my first Rain Outside shawl and a very old skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sport in Rock Creek Park, a lovely deep teal. I love how the metallic pops through when you wear it with the teal color as the dominant color on the hat. If I’m feeling a bit fancier I can wear the metallic side out.

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Metallic side is dominant here.

I picked this pattern because I loved the wave pattern the brioche created. But she has several really great brioche patterns in her shop that you should check out. I love the shape of this hat and totally want to make that one too.
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I also love that it let’s me use of some of those half skeins of dk weight yarn or leftovers from my jumbo Miss Babs Yowza skeins and turn them into color finished objects. And I’ve got another road trip coming up soon so I just might be knitting up another hat in the car. So have I convinced any of you to pick up your two colors and hop on the brioche band wagon?

FO: Inspired by Beanie Beanie

I designed a hat!
Beanie Beanie
Last month when I was knitting Jellybean’s Rosco sweater I feel in love with the main stitch used for the body, the right twist stitch.
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When she was laying in my lap wearing her sweater I kept saying ‘I really love this stitch pattern, I should make a hat out of this.’ So I did! Look at those stitches, aren’t they just yummy?!
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The previous day when I was out running errands with my husband I saw this post on Fibre Space’s Instagram account and noticed there were small leopard printed faux fur pom poms in the pic. I love a good tiny dose of animal print. I had to have one and I said it out loud and my sweet husband said, ‘well, we’re close to Fibre Space if you want me to stop.’ I love that man. He stopped but what was hilarious was that he had already been to Fibre Space twice to buy my Christmas gift (a camo print Field Bag, some enamel pins for it and a gift card). And when I grabbed a pom pom I happened to see some perfectly matching camel color Woolfolk yarn, Luft near the register that told me it needed to also come with me so I picked up two skeins. I will admit, I’d wanted to try out the yarn but it’s a little expensive so I was happier to just buy two skeins with a purpose.
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Since Luft is a bulky weight yarn and is a super soft blend of cotton and merino wool I wanted to do something a little slouchy and fun. I figured out the match to do a hat with the right twist stitch and then did the crown in garter stitch.
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I love the final outcome. Now my only question is, would anyone else be interested in me writing up this pattern? I was thinking of making a hat for my cousin and working out the pattern again and I’d probably want someone else to test it for me too. Let me know if you’d be interested in the pattern or helping to test it out!