This year we are knitting hats for charity for our annual KAL. The original idea behind hats was that hats can unite charity knitting and learning new techniques. Hats are a perfect canvas for trying out something new, perhaps something ever so slightly intimidating!
Some patterns from knitting archives:
Orchids and Fairy Lights by tiny owl knits
If you want something that is a bit more engaging than a plain stockinette hat, this is a perfect candidate. Engaging but not too complex and very wearable! I liked the pattern so much that I knitted matching hand warmers with the fairy light motifs.
Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar
Turn a Square by Jared Flood
Very easy and gratifying pattern, calls for only a small amount of yarn and knits up fast. The kind of pattern you pull out on Christmas Eve to wrap up on Christmas morning :)
Little Scallops by Maria Carlander
Free pattern, to this day my favorite hat to wear. And, if you have hard time keeping to the pattern because you just *have* to change something, an easy modification is to add a second row of scallops.
Watch Cap by Bruce Weinstein
This one is from a book, but if you have knitworthy men in your life, this is a book you should consider buying. There are basic no frills patterns for pretty much every garment a man would wear, from socks to hats, in multiple sizes and gauges. The sweaters are well fitting and this watch cap is rather great.
Here are some free patterns:
Hockey Hat Seattle by Sanjana Barr
Seattle has a hockey team! While there might be no games to attend for a while, the hat can be made in advance! The reverse of the hat says Seattle.
Katie's Kep by Wilma Malcolmson
It don't think this hat needs any promotion, it is gorgeous!
Huatau Hat by Francois Danoy
Huatau is Māori for “graceful” and that's the perfect word for the delicate six point star that forms a the crown.
SimpleKnit Beret by Noma Ndlovu
This slouchy hat has the most beautiful decreases on the crown. Also, take a closer look at the brim, rather lovely spin on a rib!
Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose
Jessica Rose has shown many of these hats at guild meetings, they are perfect for using up leftovers from other projects!
Here is a little inspiration for trying something new:
Marled knitting: Scrappy Smarled
Mosaic knitting: Midnight Lights
Two color fisherman's rib: Patrick's Hat
Tif Neilan is a knitwear designer based in New England (CT) with an interior design background and a love of color, texture and fiber. She strives to create knitwear with an emphasis on fun textures and / or or color play… and she absolutely loves to incorporate herringbone stitch in my patterns. #knitalltheherringbone You can find her on Instagram @tifneilan_handknits
Twisted Sttiches: Golden Autumn
Reversible textures: Vilfred
Reversible ribbing: Fiona on the fly hat
Lucy Sweetland believes that knitting should be a pleasure not a punishment. Find her at ablackpepper.com
Short Rows: ShortStuff Slouchy Beanie
Plaid: Rupert Plaid Hat
Jimenez Joseph has been designing in various forms since childhood. She worked as a graphic designer for many years, but really found her passion when she was given a knitting kit as a Christmas present in 2008. That was her first taste of knitting and she hasn’t stopped since! She loves creating knitting designs and exploring new techniques. Luckily, this enthusiasm allows her to share with others her enjoyment of this wonderful craft. Find her at jimiknits.com
Colorwork cables: Interlock, Wavering,
Colorwork without intarsia: Obstreperous
Hunter Hammersen has several very interesting hat patterns, that are rather clever ways of playing with color. Check out her @hunterhammersen, more innovative ideas are cropping up every day!