FO Friday: Hats Galore

Welcome to the first of many Finished Object Friday posts to come! I made a LOT of hats for xmas gifts this year, so this post is going to include a lot more items than will be usual.

Antelope Hat
This is the Antelope Hat. I made it for the apartment manager here, who helped us make the arrangements for moving here as well as for moving to the non-smoking building. She has always been super kind and pleasant to work with and wanted to show her that we appreciate her efforts.


Cable Tortuga Hat
This Cable Tortuga Hat uses a yarn that came in a colorway called Tortuga. Even though that brings to mind Pirates of the Caribbean, I thought that the colors were peaceful and had a zen feel, so I made this for my friend Anna who always seems calm and able to roll with whatever surprises happen along.


Claudia Hat
I made the Claudia Hat for our friend Kim. She likes to go camping and do outdoorsy things, so I thought that this might come in handy for some future trips she might take.


Late Snow Hat
Late Snow Hat. This one I made for the maintenance guy at our apartment complex. He’s assisted us with a few things (in both apartments) and has been very friendly and happy to help every time. I often see him out in the cold weather and I thought this might help keep him warm while he works.


Pinkie Cabled Slouch Hat
I knit this Pinkie Cabled Hat for my friend Sarah J., who has an amazing sense of style. She’s bold and fun, and I thought these bold cables would suit her.


Piper Pumpkin Hat
Another bold cabled hat, the Piper Pumpkin Hat, I knit for my friend Carolyn. She’s got beautiful brown hair and eyes and I thought this rich orange tone would suit her.


Selena Hat
This Selena Hat was knit for my pal Julie, who lives in Chicago and who I imagine spends some time outside walking. I thought she should have a warm hat with a wide brim to keep her ears warm against the wind.


Snowflake Hat
I made the Snowflake Hat for our friend Stephanie. She’s the kind of person who can wear a white hat and not (like I would) immediately get schmutz on it. I thought the jaunty purple bow was fun, too.


Taupe Cabled Slouch Hat
For my friend Jessica, I made this Taupe Cabled Hat. I just knew that this rich color would suit her, and I pictured her wearing this slouchy hat while visiting the zoo or hiking near her home in Delaware.


Terzetto Hat
The Terzetto Hat I made for my uncle. He does a lot of hiking and camping trips into the mountains and I thought that this might be nice to have.


Tweed Hat
For our friend Corey, I made this Tweed Hat. He is a runner and I imagine that one’s head must get cold while running in winter. He mentioned to me that he still has some mittens I knit for him years ago, and while I wasn’t able to match the yarn, I thought this tweed yarn was nice.


Twist and Shout Hat
My pal Kristin has an awesome sense of style. I didn’t leave myself enough time to make a knitted version of a bird headband (long story), but I thought this Twist and Shout Hat would do instead.


Warlock Cloche
Finally, this Warlock Cloche (named for the colorway of the yarn with which I knit it) I made for my friend Lisa. She’s a big fan of many things historical and I thought a nice cloche would fit in with her interests. I thought the mohair brim brought a touch of elegance as well.

I do have one more hat that I made for xmas, but it will get its own post as it was a bit more complicated to construct. And this doesn’t complete the xmas knitting, either, as I also made a bunch of other knitted items: cowls, headbands, and more! Did you make anything for holiday gift-giving this year?


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I have been making all the hats as I continue to use up bits of leftover yarn in my stash and knit assignments for the Harry Potter Knit Crochet House Cup. I think I may also be trying to give cooler weather a little nudge.

First off, I made a Pewter Cauldron Hat for Potage’s Cauldron Shop.

Pewter Cauldron Hat

This hat is the color of a pewter cauldron, perhaps one that has been somewhat neglected and lacks the shine of a new potion-brewing vessel. On the side of the hat are two cable twists, inspired by the precise stirring motions necessary for brewing spot-on potions. In this case, the brewer (knitter) used a synthetic fiber and smaller needles than she should have, making the weave a bit tighter than desirable and leaving the hat with less drape than it should have for this style. She did, however, learn a new technique (Tubular Cast-On), so certainly the endeavor was not for naught. Like potion-making, knitting can be a trial and error venture, and, in the eyes of this brewer (more generous than Professor Snape might be), as long as you learned something, it’s not a failure.

That one was theoretically going to be for K, but it may end up a donation.

Next up was the Wand Hat for Ollivanders.

wand hat

My wand is Ash with a Phoenix Feather core. It is 12 1/2 inches long and has a pliant flexibility. Like my wand chose me in Ollivanders Wand Shop, this hat project chose me on a recent morning when the temperature started to cool off and show that fall is really on the way (never mind that it since changed its tune and is back in the 90sF). This yarn was waiting for me to choose it, as well, as part of my current destashing project. The brown yarn is the color of Ash wood, and the knitting sections contrasting with purl rows is reminiscent of the distinctive bark of a mature Ash tree. The grey yarn brings to mind the just-hatched Phoenix chick, covered in ashes and soot following its rebirth by fire. This hat will be sure to keep its owner warm and protected from the elements and prepared for winter weather just as a wizard or witch feels protected and prepared carrying the wand that has chosen him or her.

This one I think I’ll keep for myself, though I don’t often wear earth tones. I think the grey brings it close enough to my comfort zone.

Finally, the In the Red of the Night Hat for Knockturn Alley.

In the Red of the Night hat

This hat is designed to allow the wearer to blend into the sometimes dodgy crowd who frequent Knockturn Alley. The repeated cables give the wearer the ability to twist and turn through the narrow streets and alleys, escaping notice through fluid movement. The deep red color is reminiscent of the blood-stained pack of cards Harry glimpsed in the glass case at Borgin and Burkes during his first visit there, and is a dark color likely to blend in with the wardrobes of those lurking in Knockturn Alley. The ball on top is similar to a clabbert pustule, a potion ingredient that can be found at the Knockturn Alley branch of Mr. Mulpepper’s Apothecary, though this hat’s orb maintains its red hue, unlike the pustule which would flash red in the presence of danger (not a wise thing to visually alert in Knockturn Alley).

This one is for Susan, to celebrate her being back in a climate where big fluffy hats are necessary. Hopefully she doesn’t run into any shady characters while wearing it.


Studio Secrets: Millinery

Studio Secrets: Millinery I haven’t gotten around to making any hats for myself yet, but this book gave me more encouragement to try. I’d like to make a big-brimmed hat for gardening, one that is out of a very durable, washable material so it won’t matter if I get dirt on it. It will also be out of some magical type of stuff that is both lightweight (for not overheating) yet sturdy enough to stay on even when it’s windy. Suggestions? Check out my post over at CPL for more details on this book.


Hats! by Sarah Cant

Hats I’ve made a lot of knitted hats, and I wear one pretty much every day during the winter. I also rock the big floppy straw hat when I’m out in the garden (I’m adept at sunburning without one), but I don’t wear hats a lot when I’m out and about in nicer weather. I’d love to be able to make my own hats like those in this book, and it looks like I probably could without much effort! Check out more details over at CPL.

P.S. I thought I’d link to a pic of me in the garden wearing a big floppy hat, but I couldn’t find one. Will remedy that once it’s nice enough out to be wearing one again.