First up: a slouchy, ribby, fashion-forward adult hat. The pattern is “Super Cupcake” by ChicKnits, and it uses the K1B method to create the stitch pattern that she calls Shaker Rib, but is also known as Brioche Stitch, and those of us who remember the 80’s called it Fisherman’s Rib.
This project is an easy way to start experimenting with combining yarns in a project. I used Bumblebirch Forage for the bottom ribbing (the “cake”) and Malabrigos Rio for the slouchy crown in Shaker Rib (the “frosting”). I also added about a half inch of extra slouch, as per the pattern instructions.
The next project is a cute kid’s hat, knit at a bulky gauge so it goes super-quick. This is done in a bulky Hayfield yarn which is quite economical – you could get 2 baby size hats out of one ball for $7.00! The pattern is “Chouette” which translates from French both as “owl” and as “something cool”. And it includes adult sizes too!
The directions are charted as well as written out, so you can take your pick. There are about half a dozen cables to shape the owl.