Pattern: The Ultimate Hat by Sun May (Rav link)
Yarn: Oberlyn Yarn Stella (50% alpaca, 40% merino, 10% cashmere), colorway 2055
Needles: U.S. 7 and 8 Harmony wood Options 24″ circulars (magic loop)
When I get in the mood for stashbusting, I cast on hats. When I get in the mood for using the single skeins that I buy as trip souvenirs (a collection that I think of as the Stash of Precious Yarn, or SPY), I cast on hats. When my ears get cold walking my daughter to school in the dead of winter, I cast on hats.
All those impulses came together in this hat, the result of a long search for a cabled slouchy hat with a touch of luxury. I bought the yarn in Montreal during the 2009 AAR annual meeting. The picture above is me modeling it, for a change. I finished this hat in three days, so desperate was I for warmth on those early morning walks, and so happy was I to have this amazing yarn sliding through my fingers.
I can turn up that long brim for a double layer of protection when the wind really gets to howling down Bruce Street. And the yarn is so soft and light that wearing this hat is like wearing a cloud. Perfection.
Pattern: In Bloom Beret by Britney Waterhouse (Rav link)
Hook: U.S. J (6.0mm) Tulip Etimo
Yarn: Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe (55% bamboo, 45% wool), colorway Sprout
I made this hat for the second annual Craftin’ for CASA sale this past February. My criteria were stashbusting, fast, and appealing to a casual browser.
I don’t remember who bought it, and apparently I didn’t get a picture. It sold, though. The kids these days like ’em super-slouchy, worn practically hanging vertically off the back of their heads. I can’t fathom how they keep them on.
I’m down to just a couple of hats sitting on my charity/sale/random gift shelf. And I’m in the mood for some stashbusting and indulgent, SPY-based knitting. Time for more hats.