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Nov212010

Whit's Knits: Winter Hats for Everybody

Our customers are always looking for simple, no-nonsense winter hats. Some people don't want floppy or funky or trendy or slouchy or sassy. They just want "a hat, you know? A hat...". This Winter Hat is a classic, timeworn shape and design, good for babies, kids and adults; boys, girls, men and women; country and city.

But, for us, of course, "a hat" is not just a hat. It is a stage, a quiet place for yarn to soliloquize, "I am gorgeous and special yarn gracing the head of this wearer!". We consider such a quiet place a wonderful opportunity. We dive into our shelves for some of our truly most beautiful yarn, and often we surface with Jade Sapphire's 100% Mongolian Cashmere.Jade Sapphire's cashmere is the softest yarn I know, a crucial point because nothing is more irritable than a scratchy hat; unless it's a too bulky hat, one that overzealously does its job and leaves the wearer with a sweaty head and a red overheated face. That's why the Zageo 6 ply is the perfect hat yarn, thin and lightweight, but, because it's cashmere, toasty warm and guaranteed not to scratch!  The colors pictured above from left to right are: Ivory, Creme de Menthe, Pebble Beach and The Blood Orange. 

We made all three of our Winter Hats for Everybody with theses 4 skeins, and had enough yarn left over to make two more Baby Hats, or one more Kid Hat or one more Adult Hat. If you would like to modify the pattern with your own ideas of stripes or embellishments, or switch to a different yarn altogether, here are the yardage requirements for each hat:

  • Baby Hat uses 85 yards
  • Kid Hat uses 130 yards [not including the pom pom]
  • Adult Hat uses 165 yards. 

You can find our pattern right here, you can find Jade Sapphire's Zageo 6-ply Cashmere right here (or, if you would like to explore some of our less expensive yarns for these hats, you can use any light worsted/dk weight yarn at this link).

Our Winter Hats For Everybody pattern includes easy-to-follow directions for three sizes of hats: Baby (3 months to 15 months), Kid (toddler to preteen), and Adult (everybody else!). It also includes instructions for making the stripes just like we did here and also for making three different toppers: an I-cord loop, a pom pom and a little tassel.

I love the idea of giving the same thing to everybody in my family, from oldest to youngest, from grandpa to niece. I think it's a wonderful symbol of the season, that we get the same thing because we all have the same needs and desires and that we are, after all, one big family.

If you would like to keep everybody on your list warm this holiday season with our Winter Hats For Everybody, you can find the pattern right here.   Thanks! - Whitney

P.S. For perfect pom poms, we suggest you give our new Pom Pom Makers from Clover a try!

Reader Comments (14)

I made a few hats for holiday gift giving. Quick knits-- love it!! Love your hats.
November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
How cool is that striped hat??? Def needed that today in Boston....was FREEZING all of the sudden. My CA wardrobe is def needing East Coast-approved winter additions right about now....brrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

~Kirsten
http://triplemaxtons.blogspot.com
November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten
I LOVE the colors you picked for these hats! The aqus / orange combo is so pretty!
November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara
these are lovely, but what about us clumsy nonknitters who can crochet?
November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermims
that hint of terra cotta to top of the hat is perfect, but then again i love all three!
November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelissa @ faucethead
great hats.
i was in purlsoho when you picked up the yarn and i asked you what you were making. it is so great to see them all knit up.
well done.
November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlucinda
love the hats! the tops are all so cute
November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaya
So cute blog!!!! Please have a look at my work, www.matildamachine.blogspot.com
November 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermatilda
Is there any way to get this pattern as a PDF so I don't have to pay shipping? I really want to make these hats! They look so pretty the way you have knit them up :)
December 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan
I bought this pattern and yarn and am wondering which size hat would be better for a 1 year old? The baby size or the kid size?
thanks..
December 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersantaananana
Thank you so much for linking to compatible yarn that's less expensive! I love all your projects here, but I'm often discouraged to take one on because of the cost of the materials. Having options helps!
December 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremily
Where's the Link to yous Slouchy Hat photoed in your website's border?? The natural colored hat....
thank you!
October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlyRae
Hi Kimberly-

We have links to all of the projects on the banner on our "On the Banner" page which is listed at the top of the inner right column of this site. Or you can get there by clicking here:

http://purlbee.squarespace.com/on-the-banner/

Thank you!

Molly
October 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
ah ha! Thank you so much :)
October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlyRae

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