With their eyes all aglow


Pattern: Urban Jungle by Vickie Howell
Yarn: Rowan RYC Soft Lux (64% Merino, 24% Nylon, 10% Angora, 2% Metallic), colorway Gigli
Hook: U.S. H/5.0mm

This is a last minute hat.

As my class entered the final week of preparations for its service learning project — knitting hats for the teenage clients of Conway Cradle Care and their children — I looked at the thread where we were counting the number of hats we had finished or in progress, and I became concerned. The list of moms, dads, and babies we had gotten from the organizers was a little longer than expected. And our needles and hooks were not keeping up.


So the Sunday before our Thursday gift-giving deadline, I started a crocheted hat with yarn leftover from my Autumn Leaves blanket, yarn I’d pulled out weeks before as a possibility for a CCC hat. I seized upon the chance to do a right-on-trend slouch hat in puff stitch with just a little sparkle, like the ones I see on dozens of co-eds every day. The puff stitch ate yarn and took forever; I missed the beginning-of-round join about six inches in and had to rip back about a third of the work; and at one point I turned around and started crocheting backwards (a first for me).


The night before the party, I was more confident that we would not be leaving anyone hatless — but not so sure that I didn’t finish this hat. And a good thing — we had to dip into our backup hat stash (courtesy of a student who had a stack of uncommitted hats already done) to the tune of two gifts, even with this one in the mix. Even better, the high schooler who found this hat in her package gave me the sweetest smile for the camera.


By the end of the party, a male friend had appropriated it. Who could ask for more in a last minute hat — an exercise in fashion, a hedge against coming up short — that it turned out to be irresistible?

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One Comment on “With their eyes all aglow”

  1. So nice that you did this. I grew up in Little Rock, so I have a nearby connection to your story. My younger sisters went to college in Conway.

    I’m more of a quilter than a knitter, but one of these days I’ll break out my knitting needles and when I do, I think something like this would be great to do.

    Merry Christmas!

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