I'm always looking for ways to design practical knitting patterns for our yarns, and my recently created Pocket Slouch Hat is one of my favorites. We just made it available as a free pattern for you to enjoy!
Why have a pocket slouch hat? Because it fits in your pocket, of course. You never have to leave home without a hat, because you store it in your pocket; it will be ready and waiting to keep your head warm and toasty should the need arise. When you go inside where it’s nice and warm—and too hot for a hat—you can slip it into your pocket where it’s safe and sound until the next time you need it.
Where we live in North Idaho, they say if you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes! I know there have been many times when we've headed out on a hike or evening walk with the sun shining only to have the clouds roll in and the snow start to fall when we're halfway into our hike.
For the Pocket Hat, I chose to use a simple slip-stitch pattern, as it gives you a little extra warmth. The working yarn is carried carried behind the slipped stitches, it there are two layers of yarn instead of one. The stitch pattern resembles ribbing but it is much faster to knit. This would be a great gift or a quick knit for yourself if you’re in a hurry.
I used SimpliCria yarn for the Pocket Hat. This yarn has a remarkable halo effect that is different and even more beautiful than most alpaca yarns I’ve seen. I love the tonal tweed effect of this worsted weight yarn, and the chainette construction helps keep all that wonderful alpaca intact and adds a touch of durability.
The alpaca in this SimpliCria is a higher grade alpaca than traditional baby alpaca, due to the lower micron count, and is very reasonably priced. Not to mention alpaca itself is a hollow core fiber that holds in the heat and does a better job of keeping you warm than regular wool. So, when warmth really matters, alpaca is my fiber of choice. It’s warm, it’s economical, and it truly works!
Even during the cold winter nights in Northern Idaho, I can wear my hat and I can’t even tell I have it on (other than my head feels toasty warm!).
I hope you enjoy this hat as much as I do.
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We've been seeing faux-fur pom poms everywhere lately—they're so cute! They add a touch of chic to any knit hat pattern.
Shop owner Kelley figured out how to make faux-fur pom poms at home, easily and inexpensively, with faux fur from the fabric store and items she had around the house. She's so clever.
Here's a video of the process.
I discovered the Norrland Hat pattern on Ravelry and decided to take on the challenge. I love the trees and snowflakes, and I have never done colorwork and cables at the same time. Since I love learning new things, I bought the pattern immediately and cast on.
I made some modifications, including turning the hat into a slouch instead of a beanie, and I wanted to explain those in case you want to modify your project, too.
Hats are the knitting trifecta: small projects that are useful and make great gifts. You can most hats done in a short time, and many are one-skein wonders.
Here is a variety of free hat patterns, from beanies to slouches to earflap hats, that are guaranteed to suit your gift-knitting needs this season and for years to come.
Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers may vary. Please match your measurements to those in the size chart below.