22 November 2015

GAL2015 – Top Ten Hat Patterns

Today I am looking at giftalong hats! Hats are probably my favourite items to knit, both because they are small and quick, and because I love wearing and gifting them to people I care for.

I love the cable and rib combination in Carol Feller's Tempano.
(c) Carol Feller - used with permission

Stripy Ziggy Stripy Zaggy by Kate Bostwick simply puts a smile on my face. It's obviously perfect for any partial balls of yarn you may have lying around. With two types of stranded stitch pattern used in the hat's body it'll make a good project to practice your colourwork!
© Kate Bostwick 

Trondra by Emily Williams came out last month and I fell in love with it from the moment I saw it. The pattern, both its construction and all the stitch patterns used, is absolutely ingenious! The colourwork transition is beautifully executed – she used a change in ratio between the contrasting colours to create an ombre effect over a frame of chain-link mesh. The twist in the crown finishes off the hat perfectly – as the stitch pattern has been completed, inverting the background, it's there in place of a full stop. Love it!
© Emily K Williams

Next one up is Koru by Libby Jonson. A very delicate, feminine beanie with a lace pattern that tapers towards the hat crown.
© Truly Myrtle 

Wifi hat by Elizabeth GM, is another colourwork beanie I love. The stitch pattern has a look on an interwoven cables without any actual cabling, hence the pun in its name.
© KnitPicks 

I love how the lace pattern in Schwimmen by Shannon Cook flows naturally from its ribbed brim and into the crown. It looks like it'll be a very quick knit too, the gauge in stocking stitch is very close to Worsted weight.
© Nicholas Kupiak - used with permission

Dreieck is another beanie by Shannon. The knit and purl pattern is visually striking, yet simple. The sort of a thing I imagine wearing in cold and windy weather.

I seem to have a definite affection for bold colourwork at the moment. Varia by Alex Tinsley is another one I love – the stranding here only covers the transition between the colours with a bit of a break in between.
© Alexandra Tinsley 

Cables are Cool by Barbara Benson is very eye-catching and looks deceptively complex at a first glance. The technique she uses here is called mosaic knitting. In mosaic knitting you only work with one strand of yarn at a time, meaning there is no traditional stranding at all, and the stitches are slipped off strategically with yarn behind to create the pattern you see on the right side. Here mosaic is paired with cabling to give us this glorious hat.
© Barbara Benson 

And lastly, Plicate by Hunter Hammersen – a rib and stocking stitch hat with a fun little addition of gathers at the back, you can just about see it to the left but it's the sort of a thing that makes a hat sit perfectly on your head – never wonder which side is the front and which one's the back!
© Hunter Hammersen 

My own patterns available through the giftalong are available, at a discount, over here until November 27th.

Cat Conference is knitted using a twisted stitch pattern that looks incredibly elegant popping off the purled background. It is worked from the brim up with verticals growing organically into the main body and further into the domes of the crown, with the traveling columns coming to a point at the top.

The stitch pattern is both, charted and written out for your convenience.

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