Start off your Fourth of July with a Bang! A knitting bang, of course! Summer is a great time for a small project - the kind that can easily be stashed in your purse or beach bag, and isn't hot on your lap while you're working. I'm thinking . . . a hat!
Great minds think alike because Michelle Hunter has invited us to knit a hat along with her during the July KAL (Knit-A-Long).
So what will the hat look like? We don't know! That's the fun part of a "mystery" knit-a-long. We know that it's a two-color hat that is an adaption of one of Michelle's most popular patterns. She is teasing us by letting us know that it is "brimming" with new techniques. A brimmed hat, perhaps? Hmmm.
So who will you knit the hat for? Yourself? A friend? A child? A new baby? It doesn't matter, because the KAL pattern is sized for baby, child and adult - so you can knit it with anyone in mind!
|Simplicity in Bubble Gum (#21)|
What do you need? We've got that covered. You'll need Simplicity yarn by HiKoo, a washable, light weight wool blend available in over 50 colors. So which colors to choose? Now that's the hard part! Michelle suggests two colors with a nice contrast. How about your favorite team colors? (Sean's favorite colors are Forestry Green #50 and Honeycomb Yellow #5 for Green Bay ... just kidding, he's a big Chicago fan). Or knit the Baby size in Blooming Rose Pink #22 and Bluebell Blue #24. Or Really Red #47 and Forestry Green #50 for a Christmas surprise.
|Simplicity in Chocolate Milk (#20)|
Bonus: Right now all Simplicity yarn is on sale at 20% off!
You'll also need three sets of needles: US#4 (3.5 mm) straights or circulars and US#8 (5mm) 16" circulars for the pattern, plus US#8 (5mm) double points or 32" circulars (for the Magic Loop method) for the top of the hat. The gauge with the US#4 needles is approximately 10 stitches per inch (40 sts/4”) in k1, p1 rib, unstretched. As always, adjust the needle size you need to achieve gauge ... remember to block your gauge swatch before measuring!
You'll also need a cable needle and a 3/4" button.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's new hats! Send me pictures or post them in our Ravelry group!
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy