All hats shown here were knit from patterns found in the Hats On! pattern book which is available at Amazon.
Gansey Watch Cap
The pattern is in chart form only, and I was not sure how to do it. I think the top is not quite right, but it’s good enough. I would make this hat again with smaller needles in the smaller size. Mine is a size Medium, but came out a bit loose.
I finished knitting the Fana Cap just before I left for New Hampshire, and gave it to my daughter. We volunteered at the Monadnock Animal Shelter fundraiser and it was a cold, rainy day, so she wore her new hat.
Yarn Used: Manos del Uruguay “Gloria” in superwash merino worsted wool in color “Pescador” blue. White yarn is Rowan Alpaca soft DK combined with Rowan Kidsilk Haze mohair, held together.
Notes / Changes: I made the Medium size, which was perfect for my daughter’s small head, but next time I would make the larger size.
Aran Watch Cap
I knit this one in size Medium which was large enough around, but I needed more height. Changes: Next time I will add another inch to the top part and maybe make a longer cuff. I like a nice wide cuff to flip up and give my ears double coverage in the cold.
This is an interesting pattern with cable and seed stitch between simple knits and purls. For that reason a solid color is recommended. I used Malabrigo worsted yarn in “Water Green” color which made this finished hat nice and soft.
I plan to make this one again with the changes I mentioned. The decrease section is quick so dealing with DPN’s is fast.
Depending on your knitting skill level, the hats in this book will keep most knitters happy. I began by knitting the simple patterns like the Classic Watch Cap and Tam, and progressed to two color patterns and cable patterns. Still on my list of “want to knit” are the Triple Pattern Watch Cap, All-over Two-Color Pattern Watch Cap, and Norwegian Star.
Some of the colors chosen to knit the sample hats in this book are not the best, but change the colors yourself and come up with something unique.
For more hat’s to knit (FREE patterns) for baby / children, see my post at Little Pink Baby Hat Knit in a Day.