Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Another week, another hat...

This hat was a bit of a double experiment.  Firstly, I wanted to knit it to the same size as the last hat but I had slightly less yarn.  So I decided to knit the main body of the hat as stocking stitch instead of rib.  It made a huge difference and I had quite a lot of yarn left, whereas I would definitely have run out if I had kept to the original ribbing. 

It still fits my head model easily and looks fine.  It obviously has less yarn, so will possibly be less warm.  But our winters here are rarely Arctic, so it should be perfectly comfortable.

Secondly, I wanted to see what the very neat way of shaping the crown looked like in stocking stitch rather than ribbing.  This shaping is what attracted me to the original pattern, so it was worth trying.  I think it was a success.  The photo is a bit fuzzy.  But the crown of the hat is very easy on the eye and I will definitely use this method of shaping again.  Sadly, I can't go into detail about how the crown is shaped as the pattern was written by someone else and is her copyright.  But I definitely recommend it.

The head model came in useful once again.  It's OK trying on a knitted hat for size.  But it's very difficult to see the top of your own head!

***STOP PRESS***  I've just discovered that this blog is listed in the online version of Yours magazine here so I would like to extend a special welcome to all Yours readers.


  1. First you wow us with that great hat and then add the wonderful news about being included in the magazine, how fun!

  2. It's a very handsome hat indeed - I imagine the shaping shows up even better in this stockinette version than in the original.

    Congratulations on being linked! :)

  3. The beanie looks great with the stocking stitch, Una; I think that the shaping stands out more as a really stylish feature of the beanie. Congratulations on being listed on Yours!

  4. So of course I checked out 'Yours' and saw the lovely things they said about your blog which is also one of my favourites :-)

  5. The hat looks great! you really make me want to try knitting again :) and congrats on the magazine mention!!

  6. Beautiful looking knitted hat, Una! Your crown looks great, I always have trouble with it, definitely have to keep that pattern in mind for my next project.
    Congrats on having your blog mentioned in "Yours"!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog,
    you have a wonderful week and happy knitting!!

  7. Well done Una on the magazine feature and the hat looks fab too :)

  8. I love the top of that hat!! awesome that you are in a magazine! way to go!



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