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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weekend Hats

Everdeen Beanie in Malabrigo Silky Merino
Weekend Hats arrived at the shop recently, and I am really impressed.  The book was compiled by Cecily Glowick MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre, who are also responsible for New England Knits and so many other fabulous designs. 

The book includes hats from more than 20 designers, and I feel like I would make and wear almost every one.  Even better, we have almost all of the yarns used in the book, so you don't even have to futz around with yarn substitutions!  I know you want to see what's in there, right?  Here you go.

Plait Beanie with Classic Elite Ariosa
Wanderer Cap, maybe in Kathmandu Aran or Portland Tweed
Flyer Cap with one skein of Lamb's Pride Worsted
Chroma Cap in Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Topiary Beanie, maybe with the new Shalimar Breathless
Hued Toque in Rowan Felted Tweed
Union Long Beanie in almost any DK yarn
Trellis Hat in Fibre Company Canopy Fingering
Lea Cloche, maybe with Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed or Tahki Donegal Tweed
Ogee Beanie in Cascade Venezia Worsted
Pebbled Beanie in your favorite sock yarn
Welted Toque in St. Denis Nordique
Brier Toque, maybe in Melody Superwash
Long Leaves Beanie in Madelinetosh Vintage
Solitaire Beanie in Malabrigo Worsted
Laura Irwin's Layer Cloche in Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK
Ruche Beret in Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino
Glashutte Hat in Fibre Company Road to China Light
Which one to make first?  I love St. Denis Nordique, so I think the Welted Toque will have to be up first.  But the Long Leaves Beanie is such a great balance of garter stitch and lace.  I also love the simplicity of the Brier Beanie.  I'll just have to make them all.  Did you see something you like?

Hats make great gifts, even for people who might not normally wear handknits.  The details included in many of these designs add a professional touch to the finished product.  Sally has more copies of this fabulous book on the way, so make a list of which ones you like best and come claim your yarn.

And don't forget...we are now open Mondays from 10-6 to feed your yarn habit!

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