Last Updated: 011/03/2010
If you're looking at this web page, there's a good chance we're talking about me making a hat for you. These hats are lightweight hats. They're suitable for cross-country skiing, hiking, cycling and general around town wear. They are not really warm enough for downhill skiing.
The ear band section is double thickness to keep the ears warm but the top of the hat is a single thickness, so that hat isn't too hot for active use. The nordic print hats are warmer in the ear band, since this style of knitting essentially creates another layer.
I use a non-itch polyester for the lining of the ear band. For the outer body, I can either use 60/40 wool/polyester blend that can be machine washed or pure wool for traditionalists. I think wool looks much much better. The blends tend to pill up over time.
I size the hats to come just above the bottom of my ears. I hate wearing hats that are so big that they cover my eyes when I'm skiing or hiking. If you want your hat to be longer, so it will completely cover your ears, just let me know. The hats fit most of the adults who try them on, but if you've had your head shrunken or if you have really thick hair, I can try to size them up or down. But that and hats for kids are something of a crap shoot.
Bea Ellis has many great looking patterns. You can see them at her web site here . If one of these is really the hat you must have, we can talk about about. Some of the hats are within my ability and some would be a challenge for me. Most of the hats that use Heilo yarn and that have a clear earband pattern are ones I could do pretty easily. The four- panel hats like Ruthanne's dog hat (see below) and most the hats made with Falk yarn would be a stretch for me. But don't hesitate to ask. It mostly depends on how busy things are and how long you're willing to wait.
Click on the thumbnails to see a larger picture of the hats.
These are really my favorite style of hat. If you can find a nice nordic pattern, I can try to fit it onto a hat.
The first hat shown on the far left is a Bea Ellis pattern called the telemark pattern. It's among my favorite patterns. This hat also shows the traditional 'lice', or flecks of contrasting color above the main pattern. I can add this to your hat if you want. It makes the hat a teeny bit warmer but it also makes the hat noticably less stretchy. Life is full of trade-offs.
The second hat in the middle uses a pattern thatis basic and somewhat bold. It reminds me of "Space Invader". Notice that this hat has 2-color twisted braid on the tassle.
The third hat in this group uses a 3-color pattern. This is another favorite pattern. Lots of great color combinations are possible.
The fourth hat and fifth are variants of the second, with a contrasting dome, lice and more detail in general.
RUTHANNE'S CHOCOLATE LAB HAT & ANIMAL HATS
I made the dog hat for my wife using another Bea Ellis pattern. We have Chocolate Lab, Fenway, and my wife and Fenway are best pals. I might like you and all, but I'm probably not going to make this hat for you. No offense. It's a labor of love and... well... I love Ruthanne.The cat hat was made for a friend of ours who owns one of those psycho cats that is nice for the first 5 pats on the head and then it trys to tear your arm off.
RACE STRIPE HATS
These are relatively simple hats with a race stripe. Colors can be just anything you want that you think looks good. I think a grey stripe with black borders looks good with most colors. The red hat shows a multi-colored tassle, with some binding on the end. That's easy to add if you like the way that looks.
BASIC STRIPE HATS
These are basic stripe hats. The women in my family tend to favor these. It's hard to see, but the green and blue hat has a 2 color twisted braid for the tassle. The red, yellow and black hat is really something else because of the yarn. The yarn is woven, not spun, and it's made from a cashmere blend. As a result, it has a shinier sheen and is very itch free. It really nice stuff but it costs quite a bit more. Still, you've probably never worn a hat that comfortable.
I made the blue hat for my son, whose favorite colors at the time were blue and orange. I stole the pattern from an aztec style hat that my daughter had and think it worked out well as a stand alone stripe. The yellow hat shows what it looks like in a single color. I've a bunch more Aztec type patterns that I could use or if you can point me to some, I can try to work them in for you for you.The celtic knot hat is based on a free celtic chain pattern. And the mitts are crude shots of my boiled wool mitts.
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