A hat! A most palpable hat!

We flew to Chicago yesterday. Chicago, of course, is much chillier than the San Francisco Bay Area, so we packed our cold weather gear. You know, coats, gloves, hats…


I went searching through my cold weather gear, and wasn’t able to find my previously knitted Festive Hats (they must have gotten lost in the move). So, in what has become a nearly yearly tradition, I knitted myself a hat on the plane.

And here it is! A most palpable hat.

A festive hat with pom-pom

A festive hat for 2012!

The photo, alas, doesn’t really do it justice. In real life the blue is a bright turquoise/cerulean blue, and the yellows and pinks are redder and richer than in the photo. It is a most faaaaaabulous hat, and I was very happy to wear it on a short walk tonight. I’ll try to take a better photo later.

By way of comparison, here are some previous Festive Hats:

2012 Festive Hat

2009 Festive Hat


2008 Festive Hat

2008 Festive Hat

I think this is better than its predecessors, though, so I hope I don’t lose this one!

I’m pleased to report that the hat worked just fine when we went for a walk – my ears and head stayed nice and warm. My cheeks and nose, however, were freezing cold. Perhaps I need a scarf or a balaclava? I do have two additional balls of yarn…. :-)

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  1. BlueLoom
    Posted December 31, 2012 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    That’s a very interesting hat pattern.  It appears to be knitted side-to-side, as it were.  With perhaps short rows at that top.  Is the cable knitted separately & then sewed on?  Or is it knitted on in some ingenious way that I can’t quite figure out as I sit in my early morning mental for.

    • Posted December 31, 2012 at 6:10 am | Permalink

       Hi Ruth,

      It is indeed knitted side-to-side, with two sets of short-row decreases, and then seamed together. The cable is knitted along with the rest of the hat (in a different yarn, of course) – pattern is free and available at http://garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=5268&lang=us . It’s pretty easy to adjust to a different gauge…

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