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Y'all, today I just feel like talking about hats.

At a time when our Arkansas weather usually starts to warm up just a bit, it is still freezing out there.  Literally, it is freezing out there.  Sometimes you think the daffodils will bloom and the rest of the plants will follow suit, but then the wind tries to take the skin off your face and you have to resign yourself to the fact that it is cold.

And by "you," I mean "I."  I am cold.  I am bundled up in my heavy coat and my scarves.  And I am thinking about hats a lot right now.

I love hats.  They're small objects, which means they're easy to carry around with you and they can be quick to finish.  And their smallness means you can make them in colors you might consider "too much" for a sweater or a scarf.

And hats are warm.  I know you don't really lose 15% of your body heat through your head, but if your ears are cold you're going to be miserable.  A hat that keeps you from being miserable is pretty great!

Take one that's cute and fun to make, and you've got yourself a great project!

So let's take a look at one.  Or more.

Expand Your Knitting Skills has several hat patterns I like.  I've made the Starter Cable Hat for myself a few months ago (with modifications--gotta cover my ears!), and I think I'll make this again.


 I've made the Simple Hat from the book, too.

 I made it in the infant size, and I think it's a perfect little baby hat.  Sweet and simple.  This will probably be my go-to baby hat pattern.

Everyone should have a go-to baby hat pattern.

And then there's the Impressive Hat.  I thought it was so nice, I made it twice!


It uses super bulky yarn, and I really like the broken rib pattern.   These two are currently sitting in my gift stash, and I think I'll make one in brown.

 Speaking of gifts, I think I'll make the Classic Ribbed Hat for a few Christmas gifts this year.  I think I have the yarn picked out and everything.

I currently feel like I'm knitting my way through Knit Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps. And that's not a bad thing at all.  I seeyou, Seed Stitch Beanie on the cover.  You're next.


 I made the Basic Beanie for a friend.  It used up one skein of yarn exactly, and I think she'll like it!

And I'm planning to make this Ribbed Beanie for my brother-in-law.  He has a lot of hair--imagine if Jesus was from Tennessee--and a slouchy beanie seems like a good fit for someone with lots of hair on top of  a big head.  Plus, he keeps stealing the beanie I made my sister for Christmas.  I guess that means he needs one of his own!

If crochet is more your style, there's a Crochet Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps

The idea of crocheting a hat makes me a little twitchy, but that's just because I have problems crocheting hats for some odd reason.  That being said, I still really want to try the Shells Beanie.

Isn't that adorable?  I can handle shells, and I have a skein of Lion Brand Amazing that could look really pretty in this pattern.  It even looks light enough to wear in warmer weather!  
Assuming that ever happens.
Until then, pull your hats down around your ears and keep warm!  And maybe get yourself started on a hat pattern or two.

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