It’s almost the end of the Summer which means it’s time to focus on wooly hats for Innocent’s Big Knit 2013. Whooppeee! I’ve been a bit time poor lately so I set myself a goal of 20 hats. But I forgot how addictive they are so I ended up making 50. I’m really pleased because I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to squeeze in so many. Here they are!
I worked all of my hats in the basic pattern and made them more interesting by doing fair isle colour work, stripes and combining two wools together. I did most of my knitting in the evenings in front of the TV – we stormed through about 3 series of Wire in the Blood whilst I made them. Tense TV programmes are good motivators for speedy knitting :)
Last year I got carried away making fair isle hats, so this year I made sure I limited myself to just a few.
Hats with the vertical stripes made me think of Big Tops from the circus.
To make these multicoloured hats I knitted two types of wool together as if they were one strand: white 4 ply wool and variegated sock yarn.
I really liked this effect because it was a bit unpredictable. It was also a good way of using up my all leftover wool from sock making. I made myself a pair of socks from leftover odds and ends once but they were pretty hideous. Lesson learnt. This is a much better way to use up wool. Next up, a bumblebee inspired hat!
And my favourite hat of all because it looks a bit retro…
Next year I really should think about creating some of my own patterns and be more adventurous with those I do make.
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If you fancy knitting some hats of your own, there’s still time! Check out the Big Knit page on the Innocent website. If you don’t know how to make a pom pom, you can find a good video tutorial here. The deadline for the 2013 Big Knit is Tuesday 1st October.