When I decided to learn to knit, my ultimate goal was to knit hats. I took my time before trying to accomplish that — I wanted to make sure my stitches looked decently before packing on a new task. The boy loves hats and I liked the idea of hats, but never really came across any that I liked that felt comfortable.
Three years later, and I still prefer to knit hats. (And socks now.) The slouchier the hat, the more I will probably like it. This has worked out to my advantage, since having dreadlocks means I need a bigger hat than I normally would wear.
First up is a simple green slouchy made as a commission for a friend. I had searched and searched and searched for a lovely green that would look great on her and after almost settling on a color I was not too thrilled with, I found it.
I apologize for my hair in these pictures (and the abundance of Leela hair; that pug sheds more than any animal I’ve ever known). I don’t know why I didn’t make sure it looked somewhat decently. The dreads needed a good taming before being photographed, but I was running out of light/scared the rain would start again, so here we go.
But I digress.
I am not a fan of green, but I fell in love with this one. To the point where I may have to make me one.
I used a simple garter stitch brim, something I have seen on other knits but have never thought to try before. I wanted to give this hat a little pizzazz, and had planned on doing a nice texture all over. But I thought I would try with just the texture on the brim and I am loving it.
The hat is slouchy enough that it fits my dreads (almost…I would need one a little longer for myself) but when you’re hair isn’t up in the hat, it only appears to have a slight slouch. I enjoy that.
I love the pattern the decreases made on the back.
And for some reason, I look scared to death. I was too busy focusing on making sure the hat was in the picture, I forgot to see how ridiculous I looked. Oh well.
The yarn I used was Yarn Bee, a brand sold by Hobby Lobby. It is an amazingly soft acrylic yarn that I have used before. I really enjoyed the color and the way it knit up. And like I said: It is so soft and comfortable. Very happy with that.
I also recently finished a slouchy hat for me. I have come to realize that I do not own very many handknit things, which is silly considering I knit all the time. I’m remedying that next year. Lots of selfish knitting in my future.
This simply slouchy was knit using Malabrigo, my favorite expensive yarn. This particular one is part of the silky merino and the colorway is 475 Marruecos. I’ve knit a beanie out of this before (and actually had to take the beanie apart to finish this hat) and had a lot of pooling with the red bits. I’m so thankful that this one, the red is more evenly distributed throughout.
Very happy to have a new hat that I can enjoy.
Now, I’m not sure how much posting I will get done throughout December. Not like I’m really posting that much currently anyway. I’m working on gift knitting and while I’m not certain the people who will be receiving the gifts read my blog, there is a chance that they do so I will wait until after the holidays to post those.
I do have some updates regarding my job situation and other non-knitting things. I’ll probably make random posts throughout the month concerning those (and any non-gift knitting I may sneak in).
Happy knitting, friends! I know December is a busy month for us crafters. My to-knit list mocks me every day….