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Get Ahead, Knit a Hat

Posted on February 19 2020

The Knitter's Yarn striped beanie knitted in Mrs Moon Plump DK

In this part of North Yorkshire, we have been lucky enough to escape the worst of the flooding brought on by the recent storms.  I thought you may be interested in some hat projects which knit up quickly and which will keep you and your family warm and cosy during the chilly days ahead.

Before I show you the various head wear options, I mentioned that I was trying to do a bit of decluttering and during the process I have come across a number of unfinished knitting projects including a grey and white striped sweater finished and waiting to be sewn up. The pattern is 'Marina' by Patricia Roberts and I have clearly knitted it without checking the tension first as I have finished up with a sweater which has a chest width of 28in. Whilst I am definitely not well endowed , it is tiny even for me! I could have added the side pieces (as the original pattern) but even so, there was no point sewing it all together as the sleeves did not fit either!

I was just about to return the sweater to the plastic bag where it would probably have lain for another 10 years when I decided to have a go at converting it to a cushion cover and here is the finished result. Sorry I did not take a 'before' photo.

Cushion cover based on Patricia Roberts 'Marina' Pattern

I am really pleased that all the work that went into the beautiful cable pattern was not wasted and I now have a functional piece of knitting. With hindsight, because the pattern had so many cables, I should have reduced the number of stitches before knitting the ribbed top with buttonholes. However, I am not going to undo - it is one of those knitting mistakes we can all make and this one I can live with!

I am now in the process of reassessing my other 'failed' projects to see what can be redeemed. In addition, I need to work through my excess balls of wool that have also lain around for years. Louise Tilbrook recently tweeted about '10 uses for scrap yarn - that don't involve knitting a blanket' which you can read here.

Everyone needs warm headgear in the winter and they make great gifts especially for walkers, skiers and golfers.  Here are some stylish hat ideas which are quick to knit. If you want to top your project with a pom pom, then we have pom pom makers for sale in various sizes, some ready-made pom poms in Mrs Moon yarn and the beautiful vegan pom poms by Rowan. Both the Mrs Moon and Rowan pom poms are attached by ribbon so that they can be changed around or removed if required.
Bobbles from The Knitter's Yarn in Mrs Moon Plump
Mrs Moon ready-made pom poms
Rowan vegan pom poms from The Knitter's Yarn
Rowan Vegan pom poms

Striped beanies in Mrs Moon Plump DK topped with Mrs Moon pom poms and Rowan vegan pom pom
Mrs Moon Swirl hat from The Knitter's YarnMrs Moon Swirl Hats from The Knitter's Yarn
Mrs Moon Swirl Hat knitted in Plump
Kylie Beanie knitted in Cocoon from The Knitter's YarnKylie beanie topped with vegan pom pom. Knitted in Rowan Cocoon from The Knitter's Yarn
Rowan Kylie Beanie knitted in Cocoon and topped with a vegan pom pom
Rowan Big Wool hat and cowl from The Knitter's Yarn

Rowan Big Wool hat and cowl kit topped with vegan pom pom

The Knitter's Yarn Wagtail Beret knitted in Puddle


The Knitter's Yarn  Flamborough beanie knitted in Puddle and topped with a vegan pompom

The Knitter's Yarn Dunlin Bucket hat knitted in Puddle

Of course, not everyone likes a hat so a warm headband is a great alternative.

Fingerless Mitts knitted in Puddle

The Knitter's Yarn Headband and Fingerless Mitts knitted in Rowan Cocoon

I hope you have all weathered the storms and on the upside, these grey miserable days are great for staying indoors in the warm with some knitting and a good film or radio programme to keep you company.

Happy Knitting.

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