We are always making hats, beanies and berets. Everyone loves a good hat or beanie. We make them for ourselves, our friends, family , for competitions and sale. We make them for charity and then just for fun. They always find their home and head! We like trying new patterns or making up our own. The ones featured give you (and us) ideas. You can use up scraps and make fair isle or striped beanies. You can mix yarns and use something fancy like spun camel hair and silk or a really nice alpaca. You can make a difference with crochet or knitting the edge . You can do something as simple as a purl row after a number of stocking stitch rows. You can crochet the top of a beret and finish it off with knitting. You can make a nice little scarf or cowl to go with your hat. What you need is a good, basic pattern and then you can vary it with fancy stitches or a mix of crochet and knitting or you can vary the colours and yarns. It’s all up to you and your imagination.
There’s a good, basic beanie pattern on allfreeknitting.
Maria has been busy. Yesterday we featured the grannie squares she’d sorted out at home and she is making her flower ones now. She has knitted three lovely beanies as well in her handspun wool. The white and autumn coloured one is very soft and looks interesting. The Fair Isle one is a classic in classic wool colours and would keep your head nice and warm. We loved that one because it looked stylish. We also fell in love with the green beanie in hand spun wool with the loose pom pom at the top. it was a great colour but a fun hat.
Jan 1 had used her homespun wool to make a lovely child’s hat. Beautifully knitted and cheerful colours. The stitches were so even but the handdyed wool had created an interesting swirl pattern as she knitted so the beanie is stylish but nice and comfortable for a child to wear.
We never get sick of making hats and we never tire of looking at them. Now the weather is cooler the hats are coming out again. We see so many hats but each one has a style and personality so it is always fun to see them. In our opinion there can never be too many hats. You need them for different moods, weather conditions and jsut to cheer you up. We have differnt beanie fests which come up at this time of the year too so we like to make hats for those and some of the group make hats for charity as well. We like to support those groups who ask for hats for people who need them. This week’s hats were no exception. It was good to look at them and each one had a different appeal.
There were some nice hats this week. You would never be lost in Hilary’s luminescent green beanie. Beautifully spun, eye catching green which would make you a stand out. the cables on the hat give it visual interest and a professional finish. Jan’s autumn colours slouch beanie is lovely. It is cosy. The colours are rich and warm and it just makes you want to wear it. The double , folded edge at the boarder makes it looks really neat. Then there’s Marjorie’es psychedelic beret. She bought the unspun colourway in Nimbin and has since spun and now knitted it up. The loud colours are fun and this would be a very cheerful beret to wear on a cold winter’s day. Sometimes you jsut have to make a colour statement with your accessories.