would you care for some Licorice?

Awhile back I wanted to make a hat for a friend who was going through a bit of a rough time. I looked to the internet, as you do, for inspiration and came up with licorice, which represents strength, gives a feeling of satisfaction, and is an anti-inflammatory. I also used multiples of 4, as four is reputed to provide a solid foundation, good support, reliability, commitment, patience, strength of spirit, and intuition.

Licorice Hat

This hat will also be comforting and warm based purely on the fact that it is made from worsted yarn at a gauge that provides coziness.

Licorice Hat

Take a bite at Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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Calling Calvin

Anyone looking for a fun, portable, easy summer knitting pattern that requires almost no thought or effort? And is free? This hat is for you!

Calvin Hat

You can wear it slouchy or not depending on your style. It’s lightweight and doesn’t smoosh your hair much. It’s designed to work well with Knit Picks Felici self-striping yarn, but should have a lovely effect with any self-striping yarn – OR with any solid or pooling yarn! It’s totally up to you!

Grab this freebie on Ravelry, Craftsy, or LoveKnitting.

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winter bobbles for everyone

I posted last week about my love of bobbles, and my mom shared this adorbs photo of my sister and I wearing bobble hats as kids.

Anne and Susan in bobble hats photo anne and susan bobble hats

How adorbs is Susan’s expression?! I love it. I also remember these hats quite distinctly! Mine was, I think, two shades of pink. Fittingly, I recently finished this bulky yarn bobble hat for Blythe in pink yarn!

Bulky Bobble Hat for Blythe

This hat is so quick to knit up, it feels almost ridiculous. You barely get started and voila! You have a finished item ready to be worn! Of course you can play with the size of bobble like always. Bulky yarn can make up some truly luscious bobbles!

Bulky Bobble Hat for Blythe

Find this pattern on Etsy, Craftsy, LoveKnitting, and Ravelry.

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New pattern: Rib Stripe Bulky Hat

It’s maybe a little bit late for starting holiday gift projects (or maybe not! Could be a New Year’s gift, in which case there’s plenty of time!), but this pattern is a quick hat anytime you want to knit one!

Rib Stripe Bulky Hat

This hat is warm and cozy and in three sizes for adults (the small might work for some older kids, too).

Rib Stripe Bulky Hat

It has a fun, angular decrease on the crown that makes it so much more interesting than any ol’ hat.

Rib Stripe Bulky Hat

The monochrome stripes formed by the alternating purl and knit sections give the hat an elegant look that will suit just about anyone!

Rib Stripe Bulky Hat

This pattern (including three sizes and permission to sell finished objects) is available for you at Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy, and LoveKnitting.

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power cables

Who doesn’t need a power cable? I need multiple power cables to make it through the day (ridic, maybe, but true) and here is one more that I definitely need to make it through the winter.

Power Cable Hat

My goal for this hat was to make something warm and stylish but still relatively simple. I think I was successful!

Power Cable Hat

There are four cable sections around this hat, with luscious cozy purls in between. The cables begin right at the brim, which I think lends it an elegant look. You can change up your look by wearing it with a cable at your forehead, or one on either side.

Power Cable Hat

Best of all, the yarn used to make this hat is so cozy and warm and perfect for the winter weather we know is coming.

Power Cable Hat

The Power Cable Hat pattern is awaiting your clicks at Etsy, LoveKnitting, Ravelry, and Craftsy.

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FO Friday: Wine Tasting Rib-a-Roni Hat

This week’s finished object is a cozy merino hat.

Wine Tasting Rib-a-Roni Hat

It’s not exactly as the pattern instructed – I neglected to read carefully ahead and ended up doing more of the brim rib than necessary, but I still like the way it turned out.

Wine Tasting Rib-a-Roni Hat

The plus-pattern on the back is slightly different than it should be, but again, I still like it! In addition to being lovely warm shades of red, pink, and purple, this hat is also super soft and the rib gives it a nice stretch so it should be comfy and less prone to hair-squishing.

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Come Out of Your Shell

More stash-busting, this time in the form of a striped hat.

Come Out of Your Shell hat

I only had a really small amount of this yarn left, and I wasn’t sure how far it might stretch. I started off thinking this would be an adult hat, but about half way through I realized that there wasn’t going to be enough yarn. So I adjusted the pattern as I went and made it into a hat for a bigger baby/smaller child. The ribbed edge is very stretchy, so it can probably fit a variety of sizes. It’s shown here on the model I use for newborn hats but would definitely stretch to fit a larger head if desired.

Come Out of Your Shell hat

I was able to retain some of the slouchiness of the original pattern and used up almost the entire skein – I only have a couple yards left, which is really cutting it close. The brief for this HPKCHC challenge (Herbology) was to make something that will help you overcome your shyness or timidity. I thought that this self-striping yarn fit since it is a pretty bold pattern.

As this hat is for a baby or child, I’m looking for a home for it! If you know a kid you think might like it, let me know and I’ll send it your way.

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soy sky

You guessed it – more stash-busting! And another giveaway!

Soy Sky Hat

This hat is made from yarn that is 70% wool and 30% soy. The soy makes it very smooth, almost slippery.

Soy Sky Hat

This pattern was designed for this particular yarn, so of course it works quite well with it. Personally, though, I just don’t love knitting with this yarn. It’s too slippery for my taste – I like my yarn to grip the needles a little bit more. It also doesn’t have quite as much give as I prefer, so the finished object is the size it is, rather than being somewhat flexible. On the upside, it’s really breathable, and not scratchy like some wool blends. So, anyone out there with a roughly 21″ head want a hat? Let me know if you do!

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slouchy fisherman

Yep, it’s another stash-busting knitted object. This time, a slouchy hat made from Fishermen’s Wool.

Slouchy Fisherman Hat

You can see that the shape of this hat is a little specialized. It’s got a very stretchy ribbed section that will grip the wearer’s head tightly enough to stay on, but not so tightly that it’s uncomfortable, and the top of the head part is quite slouchy.

Slouchy Fisherman Hat

I think this is a neat style. It would be awesome for someone with a lot of hair, if they wanted to tuck it up inside, or have a hat that wouldn’t leave them with hat-head when they removed it.

Slouchy Fisherman Hat

It’s stretchy enough that it would fit a woman or a man. I feel like this hat does it all – it slices! it dices! it makes julienne fries! If you’d like this hat for your very own, leave a comment!

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