Sunday, December 28, 2008

Parade of Christmas Knits: Niece Hats

When my nieces were at my house a few weeks ago, I noticed that there hats from last year had been well used over the past 11 months. So, it was a planned Christmas knit from the get-go. Originally, I was going to do the Cupcake Hats. But I changed my mind.

Did you see the Macy's commercial that was playing this holiday season? It was the one with Martha Stewart, Jessica Simpson, Donald Trump, etc reciting "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus." Well, at the end of the commercial a little girl puts a letter to Santa into a mailbox, and she is wearing the most adorable knit hat. It's undyed, natural wool in a very simple design with a garter stitch brim and a pom-pom on top. I thought it was classic and cute.

Well, I used that as the idea, but then decided to do an earflap version. But then it looked too plain so I was going to do polka dots. But then time got the better of me so I, instead, embroidered a primitive flower on each.

Anna Hat 01

Despite all of this, I think they turned out cute.

Niece Hats 01

I used Thorpe as my starting point. However, I wanted to use washable wool. So that meant I had to change the gauge. Using the Thorpe pattern, I increased to 88 stitches, and I'm hoping they aren't too big.

Anna's has pink trim.
Anna Hat 02

Grace's has purple trim.
Grace Hat 03

The Specs:
Pattern: Thorpe (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
Needles: US 8

I'd like to note that my crocheting is improving. While my technique really sucks and my tension is way off, I think I "get it."

The hat can also be worn like this.
Grace Hat 02

3 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

Adorable hats!

princessquiltandknitalot said...

thanks for sharing the hats! I am thinking of making the same style for my neice's birthday and maybe make a matching one for her American Girl Doll. Thanks for the inspiration!

Annie said...

What cute hats! I love the matching pom pom on top.

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