Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Very Warm Hat

I have the whole library I think, but here is my first knit:

It's a Very Warm Hat from the Opinionated Knitter. It's for my father for Christmas. The photo below from the OK shows two Very Warm Hats. I really like the square shaping on the top. I've seen a few other Very Warm Hats here and around the knitting blog world, and the shaping doesn't seem the same as in the book:

What do you think? Will I get it right if I follow the pillbox shaping outlined in the book? I do think that knitting the lining in will make a difference too. (also on my blog)


  • Stacy, I'm really not sure, but it surely would be worthwhile to call Schoolhouse Press tomorrow or email Meg for definitive answers!

    By Anonymous Nancy J, at 2:27 PM  

  • I'd also guess the lining would add structural integrity.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:10 PM  

  • Your hat might also benefit from blocking over a salad plate or something that will help create that crease around the top. Good luck!

    By Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter, at 3:14 PM  

  • Oh man, I really need to buy that book. I don't think anyone listened to my Christmas present "hints", LOL.

    By Blogger pyokopyoko, at 5:09 PM  

  • I made the very warm hat for my husband and it does have the same shape as the book, but only when I wear it (it's a little big for me, like it is for the people in the picture). I blocked it over an old coffee can, one of those big ones, and that's how I got the shape to come out like that.

    By Blogger gwibbles, at 8:50 PM  

  • That hat looks really cool. I haven't seen that pattern before, and the shape is intriguing. I'm sort of in a hat phase right now, and will look forward to your final photos of how this one turns out. Most importantly, though,that's a lovely tortie. I have one too -- they could be twins ;-)

    By Blogger Lydia, at 9:03 AM  

  • I made this hat for myself, and I love it. I did a snowflake intarsia pattern around, and a contrasting lining in the snowflake color. I actually added 10% more stitches to the cast on edge, decreased them away in two steps, one after 1/2 an inch, the next after 1 inch, then did the same for the inside, and ended up with a lovely little flared bottom. You might be able to do this just with blocking. I definitely think the blocking was key to get the shape, I used this dinky little bucket which held some of the kids' toys for the crown, and tucked washcloths under the edge to make it flare out. Like Jen said, the lining is also essential for it to keep its shape while being worn, and like gwibbles said, it has to be the right size, ie not be stretched when you wear it.

    By Anonymous Liz, at 4:42 PM  

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