Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Crazy for Hats - Christmas and Charity Knitting

It all started with the sample that Elizabeth has at the shop for the web pattern - "Thorpe". I had made the alien hat and was looking for another similiar pattern for christmas presents and she has this pattern knitted using "Iro" yarn from Noro. It is so great in Iro! Subtle stripes and beautiful colors merge for a very stylish look. (Pink striped ones on the right). I had to use the smallest size since the gauge is a little looser using Iro, but I ended up making 4 hats from Iro for presents - on size 9 needles. They are very cozy, warm and not itchy since that yarn is soft wool and silk. The pattern is very trendy, I see it on Purdue students all over campus and in every catalog that carries winter sport's clothes. The newest baby catalog even has baby versions, and a one year old in a christmas card we received is sporting a fair-isle version! So you can't go wrong, baby or teenager, boy or girl.


While I was making the Iro versions, Elizabeth made more hats using Universal Chunky (self striping) for her son and for the girls at Cary Home. I needed to make some of those too! (Gray striped one below). And then, worsted weight versions (using a different pattern) from Malabrigo (green one above) and Manos. The Universal yarn is washable and dryable, being wool and acrylic mixture and so was perfect for the men on my christmas list (including my husband who begged for one), and for charity knitting. The charity knitting group is now making some for the boys/teenagers at Cary Home and if anyone could contribute a hat, it would be appreciated. But be forewarned, they are addicting. I have now made 8, and there is no end in sight.

4 comments:

Toni said...

Thanks to the enablers at RK last Monday night, I have two done (in the chunky Universal) for the Cary home and am working on another in llama wool for a friend. Definitely fun, quick, & easy!!

Heather said...

I love this pattern, too. I made one for the basket of hats I made for my staff this year...it was so much fun...I want to make more. Josie looked at the one I had finished and said "That is amaaaaazing!"

lynda said...

I'd love to make some where are the patterns? lynhead52@gmail.com thanks

Elizabeth said...

Lynda - I hotlinked the word "thorpe" when it first appears in the post. It now has a link to the Thorpe hat pattern. Hope that helps.