Hats for Everyone!

Well, maybe not hats for everyone, but here is a hat for one person…

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The boyfriend is really good at felting wool items in the wash. His latest felting project was his winter hat which is now unusable. His last project was a beautiful pair of hand knit argyle socks. Those ones are still wearable, just VERY warm. To be honest, I am getting a little scared of knitting things for him but he has promised to be more careful from now on so here goes.

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Hats are so gratifying, they are fast and super simple. What a great relief from all of the sweaters I have on needles. I knit this up in Cascade 220 that I had left over from other projects. Inside of the brim is on size 4 needles, and the main hat is on 7s.

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This one has a double thick brim knitted in a contrast color for super warm ears. I did this by knitting the inside in red, knitting a purl row (for turning the brim) and starting up again in my main color until both sides were the same length. Then I knit the cast on row together with the main hat for one row. You can find a pattern that details this well here. Overall it creates an extremely stretchy and warm brim. I have used the same technique for the cuffs of mittens before.

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