I hate to be the one to bring this up, but the holidays are approaching. It's true: they are approaching, whether I bring them up or not. Every year, I take the pledge not to embark on a holiday knitting voyage of doom, and every year around December 15, I break it. I get caught up in the Christmas knitting spirit, and before long I'm all intense and pressurized about it (and having a fantastic time
Kristin's hat from her Sambuca sweater leftovers
got me thinking: aren't hats great? What kind of holiday-handknit party pooper would turn up their nose at a nice warm hat? I started looking around, and discovered that great unisex hats are the low-hanging fruit of Ravelry. So many excellent designers have published free hat patterns--loving gifts to knitters--and so many of the hats look like they are not only beautiful and useful, but fun to knit. So here's my list of 9 great free hat patterns. Stick it up on the fridge, and you'll be ready, should the impulse strike.
by Susie Gourlay
(Wide ribbing and a fashionable slouch.)
by Tin Can Knits
(Part of an eBook
that includes the stunning Antler Cardigan
, which you can knit to fit the whole family, from tiny tot to adult size 4XL. Now that's hardcore holiday knitting!)
Regular Guy Beanie
by Chuck Wright
(Because regular guys are all about the stockinette. Knits on the RS, purls on the WS, as God intended.)
by Haven Ashley
(Again with the gendering of inanimate objects. This reversible hat is for everybody, including that fussy guy on your list who likes his headgear very classic.)
by Jennifer Adams
(Slouchy, but not too
Garter Ear Flap Hat
by Purl Soho
(Sized for baby, toddler, teen and adult. Also gnomes.)
Turn a Square
by Jared Flood
(17,000 Ravelers can't be wrong. This hat is a beloved rite of passage and the best use ever for scraps of Noro Silk Garden
(which even I cannot KonMari--they are too precious)).
by Katharina Nopp
(Ingenious welts that trap warm air.)
by Sarah Young
(Stretchy garter goodness. Such a clean, modern look.)
If your holiday crafting leads you to the sewing machine, check out Fringe Supply Company's first-ever sewing pattern
, for the Stowe bag.
I've got one of these (not made by me), and it is the perfect boxy bag to hold a knitting project. Sitting on the floor nicely is such a practical quality in a knitting bag, or any bag, really. I can't wait to see these popping up in a rainbow explosion from people's sturdy-fabric stashes.
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