Christmas Crafting 2015: Knit – Hats Part 2.

My Grandad is the one in my family who as I grew up was the knitter. Now my mum and me both knit, but growing up it was definitely my Grandad who you would go to if you wanted a jumper knitted. He gave me a ginormous crochet hook at one point which to his bafflement I used to make him a scarf and more recently for his 80th birthday I crocheted him a cushion cover using this pattern. He seemed so genuinely pleased with it – and told me he would use it when he went to watch the football. So after that success and with the idea of the football in my head I decided to make him a knit hat to keep him warm at the football, and after a bit of research on the Everton colours found the perfect pattern.

Grandad Football Hat

Grandad’s Football Hat

This hat was knitted using the free Purl Soho pattern available here. I knitted the adult size but did not use the long tail tubular cast on – I tried but gave up and just used the normal long tail cast on method. The stripes were knitted in rows of 10, and I knitted two rows of each colour for the ribbing. I left off the pompom as I did’t know if my Grandad would appreciate it, and I couldn’t work out which colour to make it!

The yarn I used was from loveknitting.com – a much more successful order than my santa christmas hat. It is Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Navy, Jeans and Cream and was softer and I think produced a nicer knit than the King Cole Merino Blend – although it was 41p more expensive!

Overall I was really pleased with this hat. The pattern was easy to follow and knitted up pretty quickly and the yarn felt nice, soft and cosy. My Grandad was also very happy with it and said that it would be better than the flat cap he normally wears which restricts the vision of the other football goers! So altogether I would say this project was a win!

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Christmas Crafting 2015: Knit – Hats Part 1.

Every year I make a hat for Mr ALT – it has become a bit of a Christmas tradition after the first christmas we had together when I crocheted him a hat with detachable beard! This year I went a bit overboard on the hat making – 3 hats were produced – 2 perfectly on time and the last one I finished today.

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The Santa Hat

This hat had two firsts for me – it is the first time I have knit a hat top down, and my first use of ‘novelty yarn’. The main body of the hat is knit in king cole merino blend aran in scarlet bought locally after a bit of a mess up. The white trim and pom pom are done in Patons Fairy Tale Cloud in white held double, which I ordered here. I followed this pattern from Red Heart which was free and it was relatively straight forward. I knitted the Adult M/L size which I think came up a bit large – as it was for Mr ALT and his head was bigger than the measurements given on the pattern but the brim is still a bit baggy – I don’t know whether this is due to the novelty yarn or the fact I didn’t swatch. Both yarns were other wise great to work with, working from the top down meant that it started off quick, and then became very very slow going but I am quite happy with the end result, if not the timing.

This is the hat that only got finished today. It was knit to replace Mr ALT’s Christmas Hat that he had had for upwards of 10 years and which he threw away last year as it had become a bit ratty looking. The lateness of its arrival was due in part to the mess up with the yarn and partly due to my inability to finish things to a deadline. I ordered some gorgeous looking red Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran from loveknitting.com who I have always previously had an excellent experience with. It was ordered with a few other things on the 4th of December, everything else in that order arrived really promptly but that yarn failed to turn up. I just trusted that it would come soon and stupidly didn’t contact them until the 16th when they said they were sorry they had missed the technical error that had meant it hadn’t arrived and that they would be shipping it asap from their US warehouse, with a 15% discount code as a sorry. By this time I had been out to Sew Creative in Cambridge and bought the king cole merino blend, which is lucky as the Debbie Bliss from love knitting didn’t arrive until the 28th of December.

So after that spanner in the works and a very busy Christmas period I am expecting the majority of its wear will happen for the festive period next year. Still Mr ALT did wear it today and seemed very happy with it so I couldn’t really ask for much more.

I hope that I am not the only one who is a bit tardy with some of their festive makes this year!

Thanks so much for reading xALT