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Christmas Gift Guide: Hats!

Okay y'all.  Christmas is about 2 weeks away.

I am not ready.

I know you're not surprised.  I also know you may be in the same predicament.  I have plenty of dishcloths for friends and co-workers, and I totally know what I'm doing for cowls, but my gift list for my closest family members is missing some checks.

Hats will save me.  I know they will.  Depending on how fast you work and how much time you have (I know. I know), you could crank a few of these great knit or crochet patterns in time for that next holiday party.

First up is the Classic Ribbed Hat from Expand Your Knitting Skills.


It's a classic, all right.  I've made it in different sizes and with different yarns, and I love this simple toboggan-style hat that works for all genders and ages.  I'm going to make at least 3 more this month!

Another winner from Expand Your Knitting Skills is the Starter Cable Hat.

It calls for bulky yarn, so it will knit up pretty quickly.  You'll be able to knit it twice as quickly as I made mine if you stick to the instructions.  I like an extra long brim and then I decided I wanted a longer crown.  My hat is so big I could pull it down over my eyes if I wanted!  But if you want to see your recipient's face, stick with the pattern.  But I have to say, even if you repeated the cable part of the hat and made an extra-long brim, this would still be a quick--and beautiful--knit!

If crocheting is more your style, then I really recommend the V-Stitch Beanie from Crochet Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps.  I love it.

I accidentally crocheted this in sport weight yarn, but now you know: nothing disastrous will happen if that's what you have on hand or if you're worried about the hat falling off someone's head.

The Basic Beanie from Knit Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps is probably one of my favorite patterns.

When the Christmas rush is over, I think I want to make another one from myself in some nice wool yarn.  This version was made with cotton yarn and was my favorite hat to wear during the summer.  Plus, how great is the button business on the side?

The Simple Rib Knit Slouchy Beanie is about as quick and slouchy as it gets!

I tried this one out, and it takes about 2.5 hours and a skein of Lion Brand's Thick & Quick.  I've worn it out a few times in the storms we've been having lately, and it's kept me very warm.

I know this collection is pretty lady-centric, but I think the Starter Cable Hat and, frankly, some of the slouchy beanies could work on some men.  And when in doubt, just go with the Classic Ribbed Hat.  It's a sure bet.

Happy holiday crafting!

I know.  I know.

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