I’ve started a new knitting project: a Simple Hat Project. The idea? Make Simple Hats from Hannah Fettig’s Home & Away collection and give them away as gifts, including sending out One-to-Wear/One-to-Share packages. These hats knit up so very quick and take very little yarn—they’re perfect for this idea! I knit four hats for family members for Christmas, as a proof of concept on how fast I could get these out. Each of the hats in this project will be knit in Quince & Co’s Chickadee, an American, 100% wool, sport-weight yarn. Unlike a lot of sport-weight yarns, Chickadee has some delightful squish to it!
A brief interlude on squish. Pick up a skein of yarn and squeeze it. Does it feel pillowy and bounce back? Is it soft and does it make you smile? Do you want to hug it? You’ve found a squishy yarn! Back to the hats.
First up is the hat I knit for my older sister, Jen. Her hat is knit in Peacock, a gorgeous deep teal. One of the things I love about Quince & Co is their colors: vibrant, consistent, and beautiful. I prefer to knit with solid colors rather than variegated yarns. For me, it boils down to the fact that I wouldn’t wear something variegated: it’s just not my style. I’ve knit projects with variegated yarns before (see previous projects) and I’ve avoided wearing the resulting sweaters for that reason. Anyway, Peacock is a great color for my sister’s blue eyes!
I love Hannah Fettig’s patterns. They’re always so beautifully written and easy to follow and the results are something that I would auto-reach for in a store. This particular pattern has a range of sizes: Baby, Toddler, Child, Adult, and Large Adult. Jen’s hat was an Adult size with an extra inch added for slouch. Here, I’ve knit a standard Child hat for my niece Jordan. Not pictured? My niece Cali in her hat. She’s a teen going through a “don’t take my picture” phase. (Sad!) But her hat is also a child size, with an extra inch for slouch. The Simple Hat is insanely versatile!
Speaking of sizing, my mom’s hat is an adult large with no extra slouching. This created a nice beanie with plenty of room, which fits my mom’s personal style. Adding extra length to get slouch in a Simple Hat is an easy way to customize the hat for the wearer’s personality!
Each of these hats took between 1-2 skeins of yarn and Chickadee prices out at $7.85 per skein. I’ve been able to get both a child’s hat and a baby hat out of a single skein. Yes, you can have super affordable, high quality, made in the US hats! You just gotta make them yourself. PSA over! Alternatively, you could be a part of the Simple Hat project!
Join the Simple Hat Project
If you would like to be part of the Simple Hat Project (and get a hat!), here’s what you need to do: Leave me a comment through the link to the left (or below depending on how you got here). Tell me who you would like to give a hat to, and why…. Make sure to include your e-mail in your poster profile so I can reach you! If you’re selected, I’ll be in touch. Easy peasy! Caveat: You have to be willing to share photos of you and your “share” in your hats!
The Simple Hat Project will continue throughout 2016, and I’ll be sharing photos and stories of people in their hats. I would love to have hats all over the country! A girl can dream, right? I hope you join me for this fun project!