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.
(Wide ribbing and a fashionable slouch.)
(Because regular guys are all about the stockinette. Knits on the RS, purls on the WS, as God intended.)
(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.)
(Slouchy, but not too slouchy.)
(Sized for baby, toddler, teen and adult. Also gnomes.)
(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)).
(Ingenious welts that trap warm air.)
(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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