Candy Cane Hat

I’ve been complaining that it’s too early for Christmas:  not because I’m a Scrooge, but because I really don’t think it’s necessary to start the onslaught of marketing before Halloween has even passed.  I grew up being told that Christmas season started the Friday after Thanksgiving.  After all, that’s why Santa is the last float of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!  Apparently times have changed.  I know retailers are trying to “move” products this year of all years, but still.  It’s 2 major holidays away, people!

Christmas knitting is a different story!  My leftover yarn from the Santa Hat, from the very first post, has been repurposed into a new Christmas hat.  This pattern is from Handknit Holidays and based on the measurements, I made the woman’s size but at a slightly tighter gauge–I figured that would give some room to grow, plus a tightly knit hat will just keep out more cold air.  And size wise it turned out about right:  It’s a little big for little E, but too small for me.

This was not too difficult, though I should have put a stitch marker in place to mark the beginning of each row.  As the pattern swirls into a candy cane shape, the first stitch of each row is constantly shifting.  It didn’t cause too big of a problem, but I had to spend some extra time figuring out where I was in the pattern on occasion.  Maybe there’s one side that therefore looks a little funny, but that always happens with circular knitting anyway (since I never bothered to learn “jogless joins”) so I’m not sure how noticeable it is to anyone but me (or if I even made a mistake at all).

 Color’s a little off here, but you get the idea–it’s your standard red and white!  Maybe I’ll be able to update this post with a shot of little E modelling, but even though my camera now works, I have yet to stop slacking off with the camera.

Candy Cane Hat II

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2 thoughts on “Candy Cane Hat

  1. This hat is sooooooooooo cute! If you lived closer and the shipping wasn’t so expensive I’d send you some yarn and ask you to make some hats for my kids ;o)…

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