is it time for wool hats yet?

Yes it is. I took these pictures yesterday in beautiful, chilly sunset  light, and this morning, looking at the sun rising on my city, there are big snowflurries in the air, settling on the mountaintops right across the valley. We’re on the brink of winter, and I’m finding the need to get my woolens in order – taking them out of storage, washing them, and mending them.

knitted wool cable hat

This hat should look pretty familiar. I made one, almost identical, last winter. It ended up a little too big, so I cast on fewer stitches this time, and went to it. I love the pattern for this hat, with the perfect rhythm of cables in different sizes. The yarn came from a merino wool sweater that I took apart, and the yarn is so thin I had to knit with 4 strands at once! (The pattern is Kristen of KristenMakes’s Cabled Watch-cap, and my ravelry notes are here)

The picture is a little blown out, but I’m pleased with how the cables merged for the decreasing at the crown.

I am really intrigued by decreases at the crown of hats. The best ones are little fantastic little design-puzzles, where the pattern melds perfectly with shaping the crown, and ends up in a circle, or swirling lines, or cables integral to the pattern itself. Working with this hat, I thought of a fun challenge – making a top down hat to really make the shaping of the crown and the pattern there the star of the show. I’ll just add that to the other 7 projects I’m currently working on and planning. (meaning, maybe in two years I’ll get around it!)

I was left to my own devices to take these photos, and it involved a lot of running back and forth, crouching, trying to be in focus, and in frame! I missed a couple, as you can see, but I did want to share a side picture of the hat and all the cables.

Now, what is happening to the other hat? I don’t need two almost identical hats around, especially with one being too big, so the first hat is being sent off to live with a friend with a bigger head! I know it fits her, and I’m happy that the hat can go be useful somewhere else. Win win all around!

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8 responses to “is it time for wool hats yet?

  1. Great hat! I love the little cables. Don’t you just love it when you can start pulling out your warm and cozy hand knits?

    • Thank you! I love those little cables too. And oh, yes! Handknits in the cold weather is the best! I especially like that it usually makes me think of who gifted it to me, or made it to me, or when I made it myself. I love being wrapped up in all of that!

  2. That’s one of the best things about cold weather – wearing hand knits!

  3. Love your hat and choice of colour; looks like it will be super versatile throughout your winter!

  4. I remember the first time you knitted it; I’m so glad you like the pattern! I only pattern up things that I really enjoy knitting so I can see we are on the same page there. Looks lovely! And YES is it wooly hat weather here too!

    • Yeah, I was so sad when it stretched out too much to even stay on my head! Thankfully, having plenty of that silly frogged yarn, and a go-to-pattern, it wasn’t such a big deal after all. (oh, no – I have to knit another wool hat? Ohhh.. the dread… ;)

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