I’ve been having fun “designing” my own hat. To say I designed it is a bit of a stretch, because it is basically a stockinette hat with just a small variation. However, I really like how the lateral braids look, and how they change the look of the basic hat.
Here’s the pattern: Lateral Braid Hat Pattern
I began with a 2×2 rib. Next I knit one round of lateral braid, two rounds of just knit and then another round of lateral braid. From that point it’s just knit and decrease.
So I made my first hat with an extra bulky Lion Wool-Ease yarn. I didn’t like how it knitted up. For one thing it’s huge. For another, I don’t like the look of this acrylic/wool blend. At least not for the hat. It might be great in a different project.
So this is the prototype, but it is also blech.
Actually, I shouldn’t start with putting up a photo of blech. I will save blech.
Next I knit in just a bulky yarn. This is the yarn that I am using for The Sweater. Lamb’s Pride Bulky. I actually liked the blech hat a lot more until I knit it with this wool/mohair blend. And I really like this rich color too. So this was immediately my favorite.
And of course I got my little assistant Davey to pose as well.
So here’s the blech hat. I think I even posed in it with a slightly “this is blech” expression. I have to say though, it is very comfortable and warm. It’s color is not as rich so I think that causes it to “pale” in comparison to the above hat.
It’s really oversized on my little assistant Davey.
So finally I knitted one that should fit a 1-2 year old. I really liked this one too, particularly because I used Debbie Bliss cashmerino. It’s really nice to knit with and knits up so pretty. I did put it on Davey’s head, but it’s a beanie on him. I like this photo. Pretty light.
So I guess that’s a lot of detail and discussion about basically 2 rounds in a hat. I am going to write this pattern up and put it on my blog. It’s a nice simple chance to learn how to do lateral braid as well.