Now that we’re officially in the countdown to Thanksgiving – and Black Friday shopping! – it’s time to crackdown on your holiday knitting projects and get serious. And if, when you take an honest look at your plans, you’ve realized you’ve been a tad overambitious (cause, always), we’ve got you covered with the perfect projects for your scaled-back schedule: Hats! They’re quick, beloved and needed. Here are some projects we’ve been obsessing over in space lately:
All That Jazz by Hanna Maciejewska is a unique cabled design in an aran or heavy worsted weight yarn. You need 190 to 200 yards. One skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra would do the trick. Or, try the Bare Naked Wools Confection (in the shop for a limited time!) for a gorgeous neutral.
Demmit Hat by Tanis Gray needs just 140 yards of a bulky yarn. I think this would be gorgeous in The Fibre Company Tundra (though you would have to get 2 skeins since they are 120 each – maybe get 3 and do two hats!), which I have been dying to find an excuse to use. Another option you may already have in your stash: Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Chunky.
Ground Control by Eveli Kaur would be gorgeous in Ushya – and we just got a bunch of colors in. You need 200 yards, or one skein of each color. The design uses a slip stitch to create a fair isle look.
Loden Slouchy by Julia Trice is at the top of my gift-knitting list. The cables look highly entertaining and yarnista Nicole whipped one up so fast I hadn’t even had time to ponder my yarn choice yet! Nicole used the newish addition to our DK options: fiberstory CORE dk. It is sublimely squishy and perfect to show off the cables in this project. You need just one skein. If you want the tweedy look of the sample project, you could use the Rowan Felted Tweed DK and you could likely get away with one ball. (It’s 191 yards each, but note Nicole only used 152 yards, despite yardage requirements of 220. Don’t get me started on incomplete yardage information!)
Skiff by Jared Flood, part of the BT Fall 14 collection and in the shop right now as a part of the trunk show, is another really fun cable option in a worsted weight. It takes two skeins of your favorite color of SHELTER and has the option of adding a pom-pom or not. You also could make it more like a beanie vs. a slouchy hat in case you have a preference.
Do you have a favorite not mentioned here? Please share! And happy holiday knitting!