i’ve been suffering through a rough case of cast-on-initus. to assuage my guilt, two quick hats actually reached the finish line. whee!

one spur of the moment:

simon's hat

and one that has been waiting around for almost two years (oh, the shame!):

papa's chapeau

and we bought some cool hooks at various places and times that finally made it onto our wall as a coat rack!

our new coat rack!

now we have a place other than the ‘coat chair’ to put our most frequently used outer layers! hurrah!

details, you say? why, bien sur!

the first hat is simon’s hat (rav link!).

simon's hat

i used the colorwork pattern from the little gems mitts out of interweave knits holiday 2007, and made a wee hat for a wee boy. it blocked out a little bigger than i’d hoped, and now i need to try to shrink it…
yarns: queensland collection kathmadu dk, in a lurvly natural tweed.
and berroco comfort in a deep blue that i quite like.
i’m not quite ecstatic about my decreases, but they will do for the time being. if i decide to make this again, i will try another way of going about the decreases.
needles: 4’s and 6’s.

papa's chapeau

and papa’s got a brand new hat (rav link!).
i used thorpe increases, and intended to do the earflaps.
for some visual interest, i went for some very simple colorwork from a fair isle mittens and gloves book that i have. great for using scraps and bobs of leftover yarn. changed up the color for every repeat. i got to the earflaps and realized that i wouldn’t have enough of the border yarn for the earflaps. i put it away, intending to come up with some kind of solution… and finally realized that a ribbed border would do two years down the line. errrr.
yarns: the oatmeal is some kind of lion’s brand wool.
i don’t believe i ever knew what they pale blue or heathered charcoal yarns were.
the purply-grey is the same malabrigo as sir janks mitts (which also found its way into pink explosion slipper socks).
the gray/black is lorna’s laces sherperd worsted from darkery.
needles: 8’s and 6’s.
finished just in time to send him for his summer birthday!