I think I might have expressed this before, but I do love making hats.
They take very little time. I can usually crank one out in four hours or so, unless it is with very skinny yarn or very complicated. That's about a week's worth of commuting time, or some idle tv time in the evenings. Speaking of which, 2007 called and I'm really into the Danish show "The Killing" right now, and it's NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE AWESOME KNITWEAR. Why am I watching a dark, wintry, Danish crime drama in high summer? I can't answer that, but the UK Netflix doesn't get nearly as many films as the US counterpart, and it's mostly loaded with British sitcoms, which, like almost all sitcoms, I find insufferable.
Anyway, hats make fantastic gifts. Everyone could use one. Or eight. I made these both as gifts. They also take up odd skeins of yarn- a ball leftover from a sweater, some scraps from your scrap bin, a skein that you impulsively bought with no real project in mind for but you just had to try it.
First up is the Nantes hat from Interweave Knits Winter 2011.
It's got the perfect amount of cables and lace, making a lovely cathedral-like pattern. I loved this pattern and will be making it again in the future.
I made mine slouchy, but you could go down a needle size and make a beanie and it would work as well. I do love slouchy over-sized hats. I tend to not wear hats with the brims straight across my forehead, but I rather like to push them back so they cover my ears.
The yarn is Rowan Pure Wool Aran, a soft superwash wool. It comes in 186 yard balls, and I shortened the pattern by three rows so I would have enough yarn to finish it nicely.
Next up is the Nottingham hat. I used a skein of Quince and Co Osprey leftover from my Aidez cardigan that I made last winter. The color is pea-green, which, honestly, is a tough color to pull off this close to your face.
It's slouchy as well. Almost rasta-like, but I did want to use up every last bit of wool. The lace pattern makes nice diagonals, it was simple and it looks fantastically hip if you can pull off this color green.
These will both be gifted eventually. The right person, the right season. No one I know is allowed to be cold.