Posts Tagged ‘hats’

I just finished knitting a sweater and hat for my new granddaughter who is scheduled to arrive in February.  In the process of working on this design, I was determined NOT to have seams, as it just adds bulk.  That said, I started with a simple raglan sleeve pattern and had fun from there on.  I wanted a contrasting cable design down the center of the sleeve, which was simple until I was ready to pick up the sleeve stitches to be knitted in the round.  Now, I had that old  “Intarsia” problem, the yarn was on the other side.

OK!  I have tried most the methods thus far out there- Ann Berk’s loops(which works great,but I don’t like fighting with the loops), and other various methods connected with YO’s (loops again), then those knitting or purling “loops” together with the stitch at the end of the round, but I didn’t want a seam.

Then it hit me, I was not looking for a seam at all, I was looking for a “stitch” connection that would mimic the interlocking of any typical color change- and….I found it.


The result is that my Valentine Babe will be ready for the Ski slopes in this seamless cable designed hat and sweater.

I have just completed a tutorial that shares my discovery and I hope you try it.  You can also use this method to knit an Intarsia pattern in anything that is seamless.

*The tutorial includes a cable panel, but just for practice you could replace it with a plain panel of any contrasting color.  The technique will be the same.

I will be writing up this pattern soon, and will share it when it comes up the presses, but for now, here is the Seamless Cables Tutorial to learn the technique.

Here is Rebecca’s Seamless Cable Sweater and Hat

Happy Knitting


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Just recently finished- yes I said “FINISHED,” another Mock Tyrolean for  my grandson’s birthday.  He is an avid hunter, and this hat was a special request.  I used Patton’s Classic Wool with the Camo colors.    Just thought I would let you see the results.  This multi-colored affect really shows off the closure for this design.

The picture above shows how the closure lays out when finished with steam.

I have another idea floating around in my brain for this hat, but it will have to wait till after the holidays.  Hummmm?????  Maybe a double knit?  Hummmm..??? Maybe…..

Maybe I need to finish up the projects in my five gallon bucket.  Two down, and two to go!

Happy knitting- KT

PS:  My 90 year old mom was here today and had to model my hat.  Here  are her suggestions-

Bill down!

Bill up!

She personally likes the idea of the movable bill, so she can shape the hat the way she wants.  Of course, the color isn’t her cup of tea.  She would prefer grey- light grey, that is.   Anyway, she put  her stamp of approval on it before she left.

Thanks mom!!!

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As promised, I have finally finish the pattern for the recessed crown version of my Tyrolean Hat.  It has been fun.  What I like about making this hat the most is that it offers several techniques to keep you from being bored.  And… I get bored easily.

First,The crown of this very warm winter hat is formed with short rows, working one side of the oval at a time.  Next, you will be working in the round, as you set up the rib pattern that is used throughout the hat.  Thirdly, you will have the opportunity to work a short row shaping to form the extended brim in the back of the hat.   All that, and then you get to do some needle gymnastics to join the brim sections together before you knit the inside cap that is used to retain the crown shape and rise.  All this makes it an interesting knit.  I think it looks pretty cool, too!!!

Oh!  I almost forgot.  Another interesting aspect of this pattern is that it uses two kinds of yarn, 3 ply worsted wool and fingering yarn.  The fingering yarn is used for the inside cap, which creates less bulk.

All the above versions offer many possibilities.  I am sure you will come up with many of your own.You can find the PDF pattern for this hat on the Pattern Catalog page.


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I know that I have been gone a long time, but, my time has not been wasted.  I was fortunate enough to spend time with my creative brother, who has come to love knitting.  Our time together was very productive.  We developed shortcuts, a bag of “fix it” tricks for knitter’s, a pattern for Tabi socks and lastly 2 new hat patterns.  And, to top it off, we fingered out a way to alter a cheap Styrofoam Wig head to replicate our individual head measurements.  So without further ado, here’s my brother Wayne, sporting his new look.

Here are some pics of his Mock Tyrolean Hat-

This ribbed  hat pattern, knit from the bottom up, includes three versions, all with visors, and 2 crown designs, and, unlike a lot of hat patterns, this one is not a beannie.

Here is my version, with the flatter crown.

My grandson says this will make a perfect hunting hat, as the back folds down to cover his ears and neck.  ” I want one in Camo.”

This pattern is available in my Etsy store.

Here is a sneak peak at my next hat pattern offering-

I call this one a Mock Tyrolean with recessed crown.  I have had lots of compliments on it.  Hope you like it.

Now, before I forget it, I have a free pdf that shows you how to alter a Styrofoam wig head to use for designing your own hats.

a wig head for hats

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