I have more hats than any other knitted garment, hands down. I think that the reason I prefer knitting hats to other things is that you can usually finish them in 1 skein, and it’s an easy way to tackle something new. Also, they get finished, which is a huge plus in my book.
We learn hats first to learn how to knit in the round, and to make increases and decreases. The First Hat class is a prime example, and great for newer knitters looking to expand their skills.
For a more experienced knitter, you can use hats to learn other skills like fair isle and cables. My favorite fair isle hat is the Setesdal Love Hat by Kate Gagnon-Osborne. I made one a year ago, but I can’t help but be tempted to make another in BrooklynTweed Loft. After all, you can never have too many hats covered in adorable hearts! If you would like some help embarking on your fair isle journey, the fair isle hat class might be the perfect fit for you.
I also have an attraction to uniquely constructed hats. Some of the other yarnistas and I recently knit some pretty cute Urchin hats out of Neighborhood Fiber Company’s Beltway Bulky yarn. This hat is constructed sideways, using short rows to make the shape of the hat. It’s an excellent way to learn short rows, as well as Kitchener stitch. Not sure about short rows? Come join us in knitting the Muir hat. We will help you deconstruct the mysteries of wrapping and turning.
What hats have you knit lately?