Knitting, Pattern Review

Christmas knitting: ‘Tis the season for hats!

I am ashamed to admit that these are the hats that I knitted for my kids last Christmas.  I’m still within the year, though, so I guess that’s something!

I love knitting my kids hats for Christmas, but I’m not sure that I’ll get around to it this year.  I have such a long to-do list, their hats from last year still fit just fine, and they tend to wear the same hat all winter anyway.  And then there’s Baby J who promptly pulls apart any pom pom I foolishly put on his hat (or anyone else’s for that matter).

Creative Counselor Knits: Christmas Hats

For N and Baby J, I went simple.  I used the Two by Two Basic Beanie, which included instructions for basic color work and a pattern for the hearts that I chose for N’s hat.  These hats were my first foray into stranded color work, and it was much, much easier than I had anticipated!

Creative Counselor Knits: Christmas Hats

Creative Counselor Knits: Christmas Hats

J’s hat looks a lot more complicated, but in many way was easier to knit.  His is the Klimt Hat, which uses a fun color work technique called mosaic color work.  Mosaic is an easier method of color work because you don’t have to carry any strands.  You work one color of yarn at a time, slipping the stitches that will be in the other color.  Then you go through and work the opposite color stitches.  It only works for certain color work patterns, though because you can only effectively slip a handful of stitches at a time.

Creative Counselor Knits: Christmas Hats

I really love how this hat came out, but I think it’s a little slouchy for his taste because he’s much more inclined to wear the tigher beanie that I made him the year before.  I love slouchy hats, but I guess they’re not his thing!

Creative Counselor Knits: Christmas Hats

I may still attempt hats for the kids this winter, but maybe not.  J requested a hat that was blue, green and orange this year.  I haven’t found a pattern that I like yet that fits his criteria, so that might go on hold until next Christmas!

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