The first completed project of 2018! This hat, made of super bulky yarn, is heavy and intensely warm, making it a great hat for cold winter days.
The pattern I used for this hat is called Free Rapunzel by Tiny Owl Knits. For Christmas last year my friend B gave me the pattern book, Woodland Knits by Tiny Owl Knits in which this pattern is featured. The book has a lot of cute, whimsical designs.
I had two skeins in my yarn stash of Bernat’s size six bulky yarn in a gorgeous yellow color that I used for the hat. It was great to use up stash yarn, but there’s always the risk of running out and being unable to replace in that dye lot. I came close enough to the end of the second skein to be nervous.
First, the cable brim is knit flat. The bulky yarn made the brim very thick. It shows off the cables stitches beautifully, but knitting cables in such a thick yarn is difficult. I needed to take frequent breaks because it would hurt my hands trying to shift the stitches across the needles.
When the brim was completed, the two ends are seamed together. Then stitches are picked up from the side to create the crown of the hat. The crown is knit in the round; I started with a circular needle and later switched to double pointed needles. I needed to modify the pattern at this point for two reasons: 1.) I’m petite and the hat may not have fit me if I didn’t hasten the decrease rows and 2.) I was running low on yarn.
The pattern calls for two earflaps with long braids, but I didn’t make these. The brim covers my ears quite well, and I didn’t have enough yarn. Instead I used the small amount of excess to make a fluffy pom pom for the top. The pom pom is so cute, I’m really happy with it.
This was a fun project to start off the new year, and perfect for winter. Stay warm and happy knitting!