Hat Trick: My Two-Day Koigu Hat

S7305068 by you.

Pattern: My own basic ribbed hat

Yarn: 1-1/3 of skeins of Koigu Kersti

 I’m particularly proud of this hat, because I just winged it. I cast on 112 stitches on my sixteen inch circular, knit until it looked right, and improvised the decreases so that the ribbed look was maintained. I finished it in two days. I don’t know, there’s something magical about hats for me. I always finish them quickly. My Gretel beret took less than a month and my handspun hat took even less.

S7305054 by you.

Ah, adolescence, what a smooth complexion you have bestowed on me—not. Tonight is poetry reading at our local Borders, and after the reading (I participated) I stuffed myself into a leather chair with some knitting magazines and the latest sock that I have started, and which should appear soon.

 When I first showed off my hat to my dad, his mouth twitched slightly.

 “You know,” he said, “I just don’t think that hat is your kind of hat, Barb.”

 I think it’s because he is convinced that ribbed ski hats and fingerless gloves all belong to hobos or bums. Honestly, it’s really too hot to wear this hat now anyway, but I know that I’ll be glad to have it once autumn rolls around. Last year, I really wasn’t prepared for winter. Now I know that I’ll have a couple hats, some socks, a scarf and (coming to this blog soon) a cardigan to keep me warm.

 Even if I do look like a bum.


August 6, 2008. Tags: , . Knittin' Porn, works-in-progress.


  1. pdxknitterati replied:

    Love those purples in your hat! Great job winging it. It’s a sign that you’re a Knitter with a capital “K”, a thinking knitter!

  2. Dava replied:

    I don’t think you look like a bum. Nice even ribbing. Not bad for winging it!

  3. Aunt Kathy replied:

    WingingKnit… a new knitting term… which basically means with needles, yarn and need we can make anything.

    Nice job

  4. Sarah replied:

    The layeredribbedknit bum look is popular now. And what is adolescence without freaking out your parents about clothing anyway?

    Also, I’m thinking fast hats means you are becoming a better and better knitter. Good for you!

  5. Kathy replied:

    Love your hat. Ribbed hats are the ones I like. I can’t wait to see your cardigan.

  6. knittenkitten80 replied:

    Not as cute as Gretel but definite points for winging!

  7. Jen replied:

    If your choice of hat to knit is the worst thing you’re freaking your dad out about, he’s a lucky, lucky man. 🙂 And I must disagree–the hat is totally you. Great job, especially with winging it!

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