Hats are the shoes of the knitting world—one can never have too many. Unfortunately, it took me far longer than it should’ve to figure out how awesome knitting a hat truly is. I used to have knitters recommend hat patterns to me and I would always respond with, “I’m not much of a hat person.” Silly me.
Image © Jennifer Adams
A year ago, I was asking a friend if they would like me to knit something for them, and they asked for a hat. I wasn’t super excited about the request, but then again the clause only came with “No socks! Unless you want them three years from now.”
After a bit of searching, I found a pattern that I knew my friend would like: Graham by Jennifer Adams. I cast on, and two days later my friend had a hat she loved and I had leftover yarn. Seconds after I finished the Graham, I ran to my stash and grabbed a coordinating color to go with my leftovers. I had never done color work before and I wanted to try my knitting hands out on some Fair Isle.
A few days later, I had learned something new and my other friend had a hat for his fishing season in Alaska. It was at that moment that I sent out a flurry of emails announcing “I made a mistake! I am a hat person, and my shoes need to free up some space in their living quarters.”
Thanks to the first hat I knit, hats have become the projects I use to learn something new. They are amazingly fast to knit, there isn’t a large commitment when trying out new yarn, and they are the best project to try out a new technique.
Here are a few hat pattern recommendations for those wanting to dive into something new:
Image © Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Roku by Olga Buraya-Kefelian: Simple. A great pattern for the beginner knitter.
Schwimmen by Shannon Cook: Lace. If you haven’t tried knitting a lace pattern, you should take this pattern for a twirl. Don’t be like me and try your first lace pattern using lace yarn.
Image © Melissa Thomson
Jason's Cashmere Hat by Melissa Thomson: Cables. Trying out cables for the first time can seem daunting and intimidating. Stick with a smaller project like this hat instead of beginning with an intricate cable sweater. It will allow you try out cables without committing to eight skeins of yarn to complete a sweater.
Image © Andrea Mowry
Vintage Prim by Andrea Mowry and Pop Fizzle by Lesley Anne Robinson: Brioche. These two patterns are going to be my trial with brioche and hopefully my gateway into all of Stephen West’s brioche patterns.
Please share any recommendations you might have on great hat patterns, especially those that can teach us something new!