Sunday, August 12, 2012


I made my goal!

One hat per day, each of the 16 days of the 30th Olympiad!

The last hat photo I posted was #6, so here are the remaining 10:
#7 is a  within-Navy-regs Watch Cap knit of Cascade 128 Superwash.  It's more black than it looks in this photo, and I have it on very good (Chief) authority that it is within regs, so it can be worn with the Navy camo uniform.

Hat #8 is a favorite -- when it is blocked, it will be a "Tam."  The space-dyed yarn (Knit One Crochet Too Ty Dy Wool) was perfect for this pattern.

Here's another "watch cap."  This yarn is Vally Yarns Superwash, and I love the way it knits up.  I'll make all my "watch caps" from this yarn from now on.

Not so sure about #10, it looks better on a real person's head than it does on my hat-blocking form.  The yarn is Queensland Collection Rustic Wool, and there was barely enough on the skein to make this style.

#11 is a "Slouchy Beanie."  Elder Son has a beanie made from this pattern and wears it -- I know there will be a sailor on the USS Decatur who loves this one!  I have enough yarn left over to make a hat for ES's roommate.

Another "chunky yarn" experiment, this is the "9" hat from the 789 Hats pattern.  Perfect if you need an emergency gift!

My friend and knitwear designer, Deb Buckingham, let me test-knit the Christine Hat.  I think I would make it a little longer before beginning the decreases, but this Cascade 128 Superwash is a wonderful "blueberry" color.
Here's another Deb Buckingham design, the Jennifer Head Hugger hat.  This pattern has already been published at Knit Picks -- a smart knitter would have noticed it requires worsted weight yarn rather than bulky.  But it really fits well in spite of that!

 I think Hat #15 is my favorite of all.  It's knit of a hand-dyed yarn from the Royale Hare that I picked up at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in Tacoma.  When I bought it, I was thinking of knitting socks with a flame design -- but it makes a better hat, doncha think?

Hat #16 is my magnum opus -- I knit the ribbing with leftover Valley Yarns Superwash, using the 789 Hat pattern from Ravelry.  Then I knit two rows of each yarn (with a few variations) I used on the previous 15 hats.  The decreases are the same as Hat #15, Mr. Tom's Beanie.    I am tempted to keep this one myself, to remember my Olympic Knitting accomplishment!

Here are all 16 hats on display:

These hats are designated for sailors on either the USS Decatur or the USS Higgins as part of the 2012 Hats for Sailors project.  Details are on the Hats for Sailors website, here.  

If you are on Ravelry, you can see the details of all 16 Hats for Sailors at my Ravelry page here.

Quilting continues next week! 

 I think we should have a giveaway to celebrate the Ravellenic games, don't you?  How about something from my visit with Anna Maria Horner?

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  1. Congratulations on meeting your goal. Your hats are great!

  2. blow me away!!! You are a woman of many talents! I love your hats! I don't blame you for wanting to keep that striped one--it's one of my favorites. :)

    Yes, a giveaway sounds fun! Have a blessed week!

  3. Amazing! OK, hat #16 looks like a giant cupcake, I can see why you want to keep that one, who doesn't love a cupcake?

  4. WOW! That is an awesome knitting olympic event - you are the equivalent of Michael Phelps!

    Though not commenting on all the quilting, your work there has been pretty awesome, too. Way to go being ahead of schedule and knocking out some really gorgeous items, too.


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