In between knits that take a longer time to finish, it’s nice to knit something quick. So, here’s another hat. It’s a fisherman’s beanie in bulky yarn and it practically knitted itself!
You might have noticed that I like to knit hats. I usually like simple, no-nonsense hats. Fisherman’s beanie ticks both of those boxes. The yarn is Novita’s Isoveli and it’s a 75% wool, 25% polyamide yarn in nice turquoise, forest green and very dark egg plant that looks brown when the light is not good. If fact, even when I bought the yarn I thought it was brown. It was only later that I found out it was egg plant colour which made me very happy because I like egg plant colour more than brown.
I used 5mm needles. The pattern is unfortunately in Finnish only. But it’s the simplest of patterns and here’s the quickest of translations: Cast on 88 s and knit 2×2 rib pattern for 23 cm in the round. Then knit 2 together for the whole row (44 s). Knit 4 rows. Then knit 2 together for the whole row again (22 s). Knit 4 rows. Knit 2 together for the whole row and pull the yarn through all 11 s, pull tight and weave in the ends. Done.
I had two little balls of some unknown thick-and-thin cotton yarn in turquoise and purple. I’ve never really thought of these two colours together but I can’t see a problem now. I couldn’t think of anything I could make with the amount I had, anything other than hats. Potholders would have been ok but the thick-and-thin thing put me off somehow. So hats it was.
Rare for me, but this time I knitted a swatch. I wasn’t sure about the thick-and-thin and wanted to make sure the hat would be a good size. It would be one of those hats that would be worn for any reason but warmth, but I’d still like it to be a good fit. I also wanted it be slouchy. And it was. But it was also huge. Swatch and all, and still it was too big. Aaarrgghh. So I changed the needles for a smaller size and cast on less stitches and on the second run the hat was a good size, only not as slouchy.
I only planned to knit one hat but after finishing the first I still had about the same amount left.
When I started the second hat with the colours reversed, hubby said that he could use one. No problem. I made the second hat a tad bigger and with different decreases on the crown. I started the decreases later than on the first hat, and instead of doing them first every other row and later on every row, I instead knitted 2 together for the whole row, 3 rows without decreases and then again the whole row K2Tog. And then again the whole row K2Tog. So the hats are similar but not quite the same.
By now these hats are way too cold and we would both end up with aching ears and frozen skulls if we wore them now. They must wait almost a year for warmer weather.
Surprise, surprise, I have a finished hat! I bet you didn’t see this coming.
I’m still trying to use up odds and ends. This is a thick woolly hat that sits snug and nicely when the ribbing is turned up. It’s also very warm over the ears this way. If left down, it’s nice and slouchy. I added a pompom because I had a little bit of yarn left.
Sometimes the odd balls of yarn start to make me neurotic and I simply have to drop everything else and use up the yarn before it drives me crazy.
This 100% wool yarn was perfect for a slouchy hat.
Brown is not really my colour so I’m thinking that maybe this is part of my Christmas offering to someone. This would mean that I’ve actually started my Christmas present making. Yay me!
I had some more of the yarn left after the said hat, but not enough for another hat. So I added a stripe of another yarn – a dark grey-ish colour, which kind of goes. I knitted this one top-down so that I could use all of the yarn. I added a pompom with the dark grey-ish colour, just to make it look like it was all planned this way.
I love hats and I wear them all the time – almost all year round. But still, this second hat might end up as a Christmas present, too. We’ll see. But to think of having two presents ready and September isn’t even finished yet. I’m on fire!
This yarn is all gone now. I can breathe again. But the dark grey-ish yarn might start to call me soon because there is some of it left. This is a never-ending circle.
By the way, this is the first time I carried a polystyrene head into the woods. It got a nice 7 km walk.
There’s been a jumper taking up space in the wardrobe for years and it never gets worn anymore. It was made by my mother in the mid 90’s and it was quite huge, typical of the times. It was an all over Norwegian pattern and was a real shame that it was never worn anymore. I couldn’t find anyone else to wear it either and I doubt it would have been easy to find a buyer for it. So, I unraveled it. It hurt a bit but my philosophy is to use the stuff one way or other. At least now the jumper gets worn again. It doesn’t look as awesome but it’ll get used.
I used a pattern called Twin River by Drops Design. It was a very nice pattern – I might use it again sometime. I don’t know what this yarn is. My guess is that it’s some kind of wool mix. I did completely random stripes.
I used the leftovers for a hat.
It’s a shame I didn’t take a picture of the original jumper but needless to say this one looks nothing like it.
The original jumper had steeked armholes. Obviously the yarn was cut into short bits. I calmly knotted all the bits randomly and knitted a cushion cover. Knots are hidden inside. Waste not, want not!
Oh no, another hat! But also a matching cowl.
I’ve had this lovely Artesano 100% Alpaca yarn for a few years just waiting for the right project to come along. Then I spotted the Structured Alpaca Cowl and knew this is it. The picture is from a funny angle and the cowl looks a bit like a dog’s jumper but trust me, it’s a cowl. It’s a very nice cowl.
I knitted the hat with the leftover yarn. It’s such a nice and soft yarn that I didn’t want to leave any left over. I don’t have a pattern for the hat – I just winged it. It’s a top-down hat, which is great when you want to use up all of the yarn. I like the way the pattern is formed on the hat. First it’s thin stripes on the crown and then they turn into thicker, irregular stripey shapes.
The hat and the cowl work nicely together. I like how half of the cowl is rib. It can be lifted up to cover the neck completely from evil cold winds in the winter. There is also a little flap on the front to keep the chest nice and warm.
Technically, this set is good enough to rob a bank! Not that I would, but, you know, in theory.
Yet another hat! I had to knit this hat because I found a small ball of this green yarn and simply had to get rid of it.
The yarn is Sirdar Country Style for Kids. I bought the whole packet (a kilo I guess) a long time ago. It was a good offer and I was a student at the time – say no more. Over the years I’ve been knitting and knitting and this never-ending yarn just – well, never ends. Until now.
I’ve knitted a cardigan, a bolero, mittens, fingerless gloves, a scarf and now a hat with this yarn. Maybe something else too. The yarn is 45% acrylic, 40% nylon and 15% wool. It’s clearly not a very warm yarn but it’s easy to care for. Just throw the knit in the washer and it comes out the same as you threw it in, only cleaner.
This hat was knit with double yarn, and top-down. I used 3½mm needles because I wanted the fabric to be dense. I suppose I could have knitted some interest into it but I simply wanted to see the end of this yarn, so speed was of the essence. I get a bit neurotic when I find yarn that I thought was already gone, or when I find a little bit of yarn that would just be enough for some small and quick knit. It burns a hole in my yarn stash until it’s gone. This hat was knit in one evening. Phew.
I once again proved that even if I have a big yarn stash and some yarn has been sitting there for years, even decades, eventually it all gets knitted.