A month of hats

February was filled with making hats.  Cold winds over the hills where I walk my dog made hats a necessity over February’s snowy days.   So I made just a few, to vary my head warm and decoration.  These were great instant gratification projects, none taking longer than a few days.

1. Give it a Whirl Hat by Adrienne Lash  – super easy quick crochet hat.  I used a Black DK acrylic yarn combined with one strand 2ply burgundy acrylic for the stripe part.  I modified this hat pattern using dc (tc) instead of sc (dc) and reduced the number of rows accordingly.  Chained 65 to start.  I  also did front loop only on even rows – this means hat has definite inside and outside.  These modifications gave the hat  a thicker less pronounced swirl.
 ( I wasn’t paying attention to the clash of reds between the scarf, my hair and this hat – that morning!)
2. Slouchy Beehive Hat by Flora Cheung – my first knitted hat.   I’m really pleased with how neat this one turned out.   This pattern was easy to follow for a beginner and used knit and purl ribbing to form the ridges.   I modified the pattern to fit my smaller head with 64 co and only 4 repeats. Used aprox 50g of black flecked Sirdar Prize Aran.  A lovely warm snuggly hat with a cute little point at the top – it really does look like a beehive.
3. Shroom by Lee Juvan – simple, quick and chunky knitted hat.  I used 1 strand of grey Wendy Aran with Wool with 1 strand of dark grey 2ply. Next time I will use thicker overall yarn to achieve a bulkier pattern.
4. Regina by Carina Spencer – I just love this hat – its super cute.  The pattern was a bit of a challenge for me as I’m still learning to knit and follow patterns.  I-cords, ribbing, picking up stitches, stitch markers – lots of learning but so interesting to do. I liked the fit as you go, although suggested measurements are also provided in the pattern . I used Stylecraft Inspiration Brushed Chunky for the bottom as I loved the colour and feel although next time I would use a smoother yarn for more stitch definition. For the top I used mix of 3 black yarns, 1 dk and 2 2ply.  I plan to make another of this one in different colours.
(The flash washed this photo out – the hat trim is a super bright pink! in a shade which complements the pink tones in my hair)
5. Sugar Cone Skully Hat by Julie King – a super super quick crochet mesh hat.   Very easy to do it probably took less than an hour to make.   I used black dk and grey 2ply held together throughout. On some rows I added in a strand of King Cole Haze Glitter yarn for a bit of sparkle.   Due to the open mesh this is a lighter more spring-time hat than the others.
 So if you fancy a quick knitting or crocheting fix try out one of these fabulous patterns for a cute hat.   I’ve more hats in my que as these are so addictive to make.  And a girl can never have too many accessories.

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