Tuesday, November 15, 2011

knitters gift guide - hats

I'm starting to think about Christmas - gifts that is. A knitters gotta start early or she'll find herself knitting through the night facing hand cramps and a very unhappy back. So I ask you, how many times can a girl give hats to everyone on her gift list before it becomes a cop out?

Well, here's a few patterns that I have my eye on, that are far from cliche (and p.s. they're all available as free downloads).

I just love this vintage inspired tam. 
You can download the pattern for free here

Regina by Carina Spencer

This art deco inspired hat is absolutely beautiful. And what's really cool about this pattern is you can use any weight of yarn you choose - which is great for rebels like myself who hate to use the proscribed yarn for a pattern and often end up paying for it with and ill-fitting final product.
You can download the pattern for free here

I'm Glad it's Plaid by Jane Roberts

I've already got this one on the needles and it's getting me all nostalgic for Christmas and snow days. 
You can download the pattern for free here.

Milanese Lace Topper by tante ehm

Isn't it lovely, don't let the word lace scare you, you just might find it a fun challenge.
You can download the pattern for free here.


 A Better Bucket by Amy Swenson

And if you're not into beanies or tams, how about svelte bucket hat? 
You can download the pattern for free here.


Maybe I'll throw some mittens in the mix to keep things interesting. Come back tomorrow and I'll share some of my favorite mitten patterns.

And then there's the question of what to get the men in my family. I never know what to make them. knitted ties? golf club covers? another beanie? I could depart from the knitting theme, but I don't have any bright ideas there either. Good thing I've got some time to think about it. think. think. think.


  1. Maggie - I want a hat!!! No seriously those would be so cute! Catching up on your blog - no idea why pininterest in the new rage - I find it boring and lame myself. As for being single - that sounds like a hilarious date - but that's because it was not me on the date! Are you coming home for the holidays?

  2. Thanks Rachel, I'll make you a hat. And yes, pinterest and dating are lame, for different reasons. I'll be home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, because I can and I don't know when that'll happen again. I'd love to see you!