Day projects

Top view, XOXO hat

In a blaze of stash busting this week, I whipped out two hats, one for my brother and the other for his girlfriend. I had almost forgotten the thrill of seeing a project to completion in less than a day. I love knitting hats! Why do I not knit hats exclusively? Perhaps if I wore hats myself, I would knit more of them. Still, they are so much fun to make.

XOXO hat

About once a year, I knit my brother a nice, warm hat in a dark color. However, single-color hats are so dreadfully boring to knit! And since I only wear hats when it is really, really cold, I find hats with a single thickness of wool utterly insufficient. The only solution worth my time is, of course, a stranded project. When I saw Tuulia’s beautiful Alise Mittens (Ravelry link), I decided to use a similar XOXO pattern in a hat. You may find a link to my free hat pattern here but really, all you need is the 8 stitch x 8 row pattern repeat and a little common sense.  Alternating gray and black provided enough visual interest for the knitter while the overall effect is dark and subtle. After all, my brother does not need a hat that screams, “My sister made this!” I also knit a 2.5″ lining to be tucked inside the brim for extra warmth around the ears.

XOXO hat for my brother

Pattern: XOXO Hat (Ravelry link here)

Yarn: Approximately 200 yds of worsted weight for each color; I used Bemidji Woolen Mills Original Homespun (in some shade of dark gray) and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (in “Coal”)

Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm), either DPNs or DPNs and 16″ circular

XOXO hat

My scrap bag is rife with browns: coffee, taupe, chocolate, mocha, chestnut, tan, you name it, it’s brown. All year, I have been meaning to put my scraps to good use and knit a Chevron Love Hat by Knitterly Things’ Julia. The chevron mittens Julia made for Maritza at our October mitten swap only further convinced me: I need to knit zigzags. Finally, with the array of brown scraps in front of me, it was time. I knit this one up for my brother’s girlfriend last weekend. I could not be more pleased with the result! It’s a good thing I have plenty of brown left over because I see another chevron hat in my future! Julia’s pattern is easy and fun and the knitting flies by! I heartily recommend this one to anyone interested in using up leftovers!

Chevron Love Hat

Pattern: Chevon Love Hat (Ravelry link)

Yarn: a mix of Rowan Magpie Aran, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Top of the Lamb Lionspun, Plymouth Encore Worsted.

Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)

The fiber content is not entirely pure: this hat has some acrylic blends in it. I doubt it will be much of a problem; after all, winter hats are not routinely tossed in the dryer, are they? These zigzags are my favorite! Thanks for the wonderful pattern, Julia!

Brown chevrons

Well? What are you waiting for? Go stash busting and knit some quick hats!

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23 comments so far

  1. Chris on

    I really like the XOXOX hat! Very manly. :) And yeah, I don’t wear hats, either, so I rarely knit them.

  2. ami on

    Both hats are great! I especially love the colours in the brown chevron though.

  3. Chris T. on

    I’ve been wearing hats (my own hats) quite a bit lately but the trouble is that I have to keep them on all day because I get hat head! Not a pretty sight to say the least. Your hats are outstanding and I’m sure XOXO is destined to become a classic.

  4. tiennie on

    I love knitting hats too! Those are awesome!

  5. Daniela on

    You have done a great job!! I love every hat!

  6. Kelly on

    I’m in LOVE with that Chevron Hat!!! The colours you choose are perfect, love love love it!

  7. Emily on

    Cute, cute hats!!! I think my husband would really like the XOXO hat. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Tuulia on

    The XOXO hat is really cute! I may need to knit one to go with the Alise mittens :D Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  9. whitney on

    Such cute hats, all of them! Thanks for sharing the XOXO hat pattern!

  10. mai on

    beautiful hats! thanks for sharing the pattern. you are doing an awesome job of stashbusting! i never knit hats, but i really should. whenever i cast on for them, i always take forever to finish…really silly!

  11. Hege on

    Really great hats!

  12. gleek on

    you’ve been cranking out the hat lately! i love these :)

  13. Emilee on

    I love those hats!

  14. maryse on

    thanks for the pattern!

  15. handknit168 on

    Oh a very beautiful hat and I like the colour and the pattern.

    Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

  16. stacey on

    Super cute!!! I love them both. I printed out the chevron hat last week and am going to get out my scraps to use up….adorable!

  17. Andrea on

    Your hats are lovely. Great stash busters and when the holidays are over and I have leftover skeins everywhere I now know how I’ll use them up. Thanks!

  18. jenna on

    They’re both great! The fair isle hat is perfect for a brother and the Chevron Hat is perfect for…me! I just queued it up. :)

  19. Ann on

    Both hats looked great especially the XOXO hat. I just knitted a pair of socks for a dear friend & named it XOXO Socks – great minds think alike. Happy New Year to you & family.

  20. shelleyborle on

    i am also an avid knitter (now for over 40 years) – this new hat pattern is lovely and i will be knitting this thats 4sure :o)

    Happy New Year!

  21. Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns on

    HATS! I love knitting hats too. I always seem to have a ball or two left over from projects and hats are a great way to use them up. Thanks for sharing these patterns.

  22. Alicia on

    Perfect “brother” hat. Love it!

  23. lisette on

    Love your blog. You make such beautiful things. I’m totally in love with hats and yours are great. I definitely come back here. Thanks!

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