Back in November, I had this idea to knit hats for my nieces and nephews for Christmas. I used to do socks, but I lost my sock knitting mojo a couple of years ago. (I still have a substantial sock yarn collection should the urge ever come back.) Hats though have that quick completion gratification.
One of my favourite hat patterns right now is the Koko Bean Hat. It’s so easy to knit without requiring tonnes of attention (think TV knit). Yarn is Liberty Wool; I love self striping yarns (a leftover from my sock knitting bonanza) but they are hard to find in worsted. This one is discontinued.
Fortunately, I stash yarns when I like them, so I had some more Liberty Wool to make a Citrus Hat. I’m a bit
fussy particular about the top of hats. This one wasn’t my favourite, but it turned out ok.
My all-time favourite self-striping, superwash worsted was Knit Picks Felici Worsted. I continue to dream that because it’s not labeled discontinued on Ravelry that it may someday return. It’s been years since I’ve seen it on the site and I used my last ball for a Corby Hat. It’s designed for a DK weight, but I made a smaller size. It turned out a bit big but still wearable. Instead of switching colours as called for, I did the purl row when the colour changed in the yarn. (You just can’t beat this yarn for softness).
As a side note, I love how well the Knit Picks pompom matches the yarn. It also gets huge points for ease of “installation”: tie on as opposed to the oversized elastics. (I’m looking at you Michaels)
While not self-striping per se (at least by my definition) I’m also really into long colour changes right now. I did a Hill 60 Hat in Knit Picks Chroma Twist. I loved this hat pattern; the double brim is awesome for cold weather and the top was one of my favourites.
While I liked the Chroma Twist, I preferred the more gradual colour changes in the Cascade 220 Superwash Wave. I didn’t notice the colour changing until I looked back a couple of inches and compared. The Marled Rib Hat is written for fingering weigh held double, but I used the worsted weight and was fine. The ribbing is forgiving/stretchy that way. The top was good too. 🙂
I really liked the block of texture in the Barley Hat. It made it an easy knit with a bit of a twist. I loved the colours in the this Madeline Tosh Merino yarn. It was a one of a kind from a grab bag and is part of the reason I continue to purchase grab bags. 🙂 The jewel tones are favourites of mine and they way it knit up in the hat was awesome.
The February Hat reminded me of the Koko Bean Hat. It didn’t have the same pattern repeats which required minimally more concentration. It was the first time I’d made a rolled brim. I really liked the technique and the extra warmth for cold weather. Provisional cast-ons are not something I do that often but each time I do I wonder why I don’t do more. The Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Worsted Twist with its splotches of colour was a fun alternative to a solid colour. I had two breaks in my skein, but this is the first time I’ve used the yarn so I’m not sure if that’s typical. Not a huge deal at any rate, just slightly annoying.
Cable hats are another big favourite of mine that I don’t knit as frequently as I should. I really liked the Comfort Cables pattern. The cables don’t look like your typical cable knit and were spaced far enough apart I didn’t feel like I perpetually had a cable needle in my hand. If you run out of Knit Picks Felici, Cascade 220 Superwash Merino is the best for softest yarn.
The opposite of solid grey has to be this bright green (Emerald City) from Black Cat Custom Yarn’s Let’s Get Worsted, which was part of their monthly yarn subscription a couple of years ago (Yay for a Canadian company). My nephew has a jacket with trim that colour, so it was a perfect fit for him. The Seaman’s Cap is a good fit too. 🙂
The dark green/black combination (Madelintosh Tosh Vintage in Baltic) is a great counterpoint to the vibrant green. The two colours blend seemlessly with no noticeable pooling. The Bankhead Hat is another easy rib hat whose top gets my seal of approval)
(My model had had enough of the hats)
I’m wondering if you have any superwash, worsted, self-striping yarn recommendations?