The 5 Hats of Christmas

About this time last month, I’d finished my holiday knitting and did really want to start a spinning project knowing it would be interrupted with all the hub-bub of the company & Christmas. I was left with the question, “What should I do with my hands?” I decided to knit up a hat for my daughter. Wanting to treat myself to using some of my handspun stash, I grabbed this skein of Dyeabolical Rainbow Vista

detail-2And I printed off a copy of Hannah Fettig’s Simple Beret and went to work.

And within a day…

sunset-vista-hatVoilá!

sunset-vista-detIt was really just such a fun knit I couldn’t put it down.

sunset-vista-det-2Bright and cheerful…

img_5613And just perfect for my girl. I gave it to her and I swear she didn’t take it off for 2 days.

With such a success on my hands and wanting to be fair, I started a project for my son. I grabbed this skein from the shelf, Mountain Colors Targhee Top in the Trading Post colorway.

targhee3I spun it up a while back and had though I’d knit something for my mom with it, but instead it wound up being destined to become a hat for my boy.

mm-hatIt turned out really, really beautiful. I used another Hannah Fettig pattern, the Simple Hat.

mm-detAnd it’s knit at a somewhat tight gauge so it’s super warm. Unfortunately, my boy doesn’t seem to interested in it as he favors his plain black hat that was a freebie with some ice fishing gear we bought. I don’t mind, it’ll just go in the family hats stack for whomever to use when it’s needed. You can never have too many back-up hats in Wisconsin!

In any case, having finished this one on the 23rd, I was pretty sure I needed to then knit a hat for my hubby, too. He is by far the fussiest in the family about what colors he’ll wear, so I wound my carefully selected for him skein of “Rattlesnake” from Three Waters Farm.rattlesnakeIt is a truly beautiful neutral full of the richest browns and slate blue/greys.

img_5556I started a Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Boyfriend Watch Cap in the wee hours of Christmas Eve…

And finished just in time to leave the cookies out for Santa.

I couldn’t get the mister to model, but my girl was willing.

I just love the colors.

And then it was time to knit a hat for myself. img_3997This was my skein of choice, Three Waters Farm‘s Stolen by Bandits colorway in a Polwarth + Silk blend.

stolen-by-bandits-det-2I chose the Simple Beret for my hat, too — what can I say? I love the pattern!

stolen-by-banditsAnd I love how it turned out.

stolen-by-bandits-detIt’s slouchy and soft and cozy and colorful.

And as soon as I finished this one, I grabbed the skein of Dyeabolical Id Squishy Sport and cast-on one of my all-time favorite hat patterns, Alana Dakos’ Sprig Cloche.

img_5587I have one in a wheat-like color that I wear constantly and I kind of wanted a back-up in a green or blue. This deep, emerald green (which I believe it now retired), fit the bill. And while I don’t have a ton of photos of this one finished, I do have one of it in its new most common location…

img_5614Atop my head!

These projects were the perfect fit for this busy time of year. Quick and easy and instantly usable. So apparently, the answer to the question, “What should I do with my hands?” around the holidays is simple: Knit hats!

20 thoughts on “The 5 Hats of Christmas

  1. My goodness, you were a busy girl! All of the colors are SO yummy. Love that you made a hat for Hubby out of “Rattlesnake”. We all know he’s not a snake! Love the colors all around and the fact that you hand spin them continues to amaze. You Rock!

    1. He’s not a snake, but he LOVES the Badlands where rattlesnakes abound. 😉

      I won’t lie, it was a pretty big treat for me to knit with my handspun. I plan to do a lot more of that this year!

    1. I know, right? I have to admit, I also kind of loved that they were ‘gifts’, but not wrapped or anything. I made the holiday my deadline, but I left out the wrapping. It was kind of nice to give some under the radar gifts, too. 🙂

    1. I wear a lot of neutrals — all my ready-to-wear purchased wardrobe is basically navy, black, grey, and white, so I tend to lean toward brighter colors for my handknits and handsewn clothes. I have to say, I like it that way!

      1. Glad to see the edited-in pics of hubby’s hat. The yarn knitted up great and it looks like “a guy”. Or, a nice neutral for anyone! 😉

      2. It’s really a beautiful neutral, you are right. If I see the colorway again, I’ll most likely try to grab more! Thankfully though it’s a colorway my hubby will wear!

  2. 😲👏👏 wow! Such beautiful yarn and great hats. The yarn has been so carefully plied ❤️. I love a handspun project. 👏

  3. Wow! They all turned out beautiful. When it comes to kids, go figure. My granddaughter refused to wear most of my knits when she was younger.

    1. My son really loves and appreciates his knitted items. He just has his hat that he loves. I guarantee that if I knit a plain black ribbed one (like I made for my hubby a few years back), he’d wear it. He loves red, but for whatever reason he LOVES his black hat. That’s cool. 🙂

  4. I love that you made all those hats so fast and from handspun! You really made a dent in the stash with these projects. I can see why you spent your staycation spinning to restock. 🙂

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