Birthday Hats

Because you’re supposed to wear hats for a birthday, no?

I’ve been a hat knitting machine all of January.  And two of the hats I knitted were intended for birthday girls.  Granted, one of the birthdays was in November but that’s just a technicality.  It’s the thought that counts.  And it’s still cold.  See, all is well on the belated birthday giving train.

The first hat was for Abby.  In December of 2009, she saw a hat that she fell in love with at Lynn’s Paradise Cafe.  I tried to recreate it for her.  In black.  Because the lady has to wear black at work and what’s the point of having a wool hat with ear flaps if you can’t wear it to work?

Birthday Bear Hat

Ha – this is very Abby!  I used the Adults-Only Devil Hat pattern in my Stitch’N Bitch book but vetoed the devil horns.  The hat knitted up very fast (I had it done in a day) and the ear flaps were easier than I had anticipated.  After locating a pattern that included bear ears (which was for a baby’s hat… I improvised, folks), I had them whipped up and sewn on.  My Mom had to help with the pom-poms because I had a total pom-pom fail trying to do them on my own.

The second hat was for Little Skipper.  Her birthday was last Tuesday and I gave myself a three day time frame to start, finish and block her hat so that it would be perfectly dry by Friday.  Mission accomplished.

Birthday Beret

It’s the same pattern I used for my hat but I made some changes.  I only worked the right diagonal pattern because I can K2tog faster than I can SSK.  I also made the hat about 1″ shorter than mine.  Those two things made for a better fitting hat and didn’t make it as slouchy.  I don’t really see Kelly ever wear hats but this is her kind of hat – it can sit on the crown of her head and not mess up her long locks.

I gifted them on Friday night.  And you have no idea how happy I was that both my ladies tried their hats right then.  Even Kelly.  After she probably had spent an hour on her hair.  Abby kept trying hers on for people as they arrived.  I think they might have liked them. :)

*Black Bear Hat: Adults-Only Devil Hat by Kitty Schmidt. Opted out the devil horns for bear ears.

*Periwinkle Beret: All-Day Beret from Stitch Nation. Only worked the right diagonal for a different look.

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February 7, 2011 - 10:35 am

Susan - Not only are you knitting like a champ, you’re modifying patterns like a pro. These hats are adorable!

February 7, 2011 - 3:50 pm

Becki D. - Awe.Some.

February 8, 2011 - 12:37 am

Rebecca - Beautiful hats! I particularly like the slouchy beret. You’re becoming quite the knitting fiend!

February 8, 2011 - 3:45 pm

Denise - you are so dang creative.

March 15, 2011 - 9:27 am

shutterboo » Blog Archive » The Final Birthday Hat - […] pal Abby had liked.  When I finished it, I decided to make one for Little Skipper too.  They were birthday hats. (One might have been belated… yeah, sorry about that.)  It only made sense that I make one […]

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