A hat for me

I often knit hats and beanies, but I almost always give them away. I knitted this one for me, making it the only hand-made hat I own.

Laurel Hat knitted by Granny Maud's Girl

I love the colour and texture of this yarn.

I randomly picked up a knitting book from the library, Classic Elite Quick Knits. One pattern in the book leapt out at me as something I wanted to make: ‘Laurel’ by Jared Flood. I really am a sucker for cables. I do love them so! The book is out of print, but the pattern is available as a Ravelry download.

I am really happy with my hat. I have not yet bothered to block it, but the pattern definition might look better if I did. It will be blocked the first time I wash it. Promise!

I went to the shop looking for red yarn but found a deep pink instead. I bought two skeins of Rhichard Devrieze worsted weight (10 ply)superwash in a colour called ‘rose petals’.

I probably could have made the hat with one skein, I think, if I had not used a yarn-hungry tubular cast-on or I had knitted the ribbing just a little shorter, because I only needed the second skein for the last two or three rows of the hat.

So, I had almost a full skein of gorgeous yarn left over. At first, I thought I might make a second hat with the remaining skein. I had even chosen a pattern. Then, I remembered that Calico & Ivy had two more skeins in stock. Maybe I could call them, check that the skeins were still there and make myself a coordinating scarf.

Laurel Hat knitted by Granny Maud's Girl

I had one skein left, so I bought two more to make a coordinating scarf.

The problem now is that I cannot choose between two patterns. Do I make a sensible but versatile ‘Pavement’ scarf, also designed by Jared Flood, or do I make a feminine ‘Hawthorne’ shawl, designed by Susanna?

Each has its advantages:

  • The ‘Pavement’ scarf can be knitted until I run out of yarn, leaving almost no waste. It is a smart everyday scarf, and it seems to be reversible.
  • The ‘Hawthorne’ is a bit fancier and looks fun to knit. I have never knitted a curved shawl or scarf, and I like to try new things. The edging has a design that reflects elements of the bobble trios in the hat.

I am going to be a bit cheeky and share photos of the two lovely designs so even people without a Ravelry account can understand my dilemma.

 

I think I have enough yarn for either. Which would you choose?

Laurel Hat knitted by Granny Maud's Girl

It is such a pretty yarn.

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19 thoughts on “A hat for me

  1. That hat is just *gorgeous*. I’m right with you on cables, they add a lovely gnarlyness to things whilst still being soft and snuggly. If it was me, I’d make the sensible scarf to go with this hat, as I think it more likely you’d wear the two together. And *then* I’d make the lovely shawl, but out of something different (I bet you have yarn in your stash that would work with that pattern)…

  2. If I were me…I’d probably not get around to finishing either one! But you surely would, so I think the hat-matching yarn should make the hat-matching shawl, and the lacy, curvy one could be in a bit lighter weight and color. They are both beautiful, and each would be suitable for different types of occasions, so why not make both? You’re worth it!

  3. I agree with Kate, a previous commenter, and make the scarf. I also think you would get more wear out of them together. I’m not much of a shawl wearer either, so I would definitely get the wear, in cold old Melbourne, from the scarf. Good luck with your choice!

  4. I love the yarn. So pretty. I would go with the girly version simply because it’s different and striking. The first version is lovely with the pattern showing so nicely so you can’t go wrong.

  5. Great looking hat. I like both and can’t decide. So…do you want a quick and easy finish? Or try something new? And which one will you think you’ll get the most use of? Sorry I didn’t have better advice LOL

  6. I don’t wear shawls, but that one is quite tempting. The scarf is just gorgeous, I love the pattern. I understand your dilemma…I would go with the one you will wear most!

  7. Love the hat.  I don’t knit, but I like unusual patterns.As for the other decision.  I would have the scarf.  But which one would you use the most?Denise

  8. Very cute hat! I like both of the scarf options. I’m not a knitter so I don’t know the first thing about knitting patterns. But you’re experienced, what if you make up your own pattern to match the hat pattern? Seems like it would be a matter of figuring out how many repeats wide, then enough length to use up your yarn, with ribbing just like the hat at each end. Of course since I have no clue what I’m talking about, my suggestion may be totally impossible, LOL.

    • Not impossible at all! That is very sensible advice, Jan. I think you know more about knitting than you are revealing!

      I considered exactly what you recommend – making something up in a pattern similar to the hat’s. The only fly in the ointment was that the hat’s cable and bobble pattern does not look so great on the wrong side. This is not a problem on a hat but less than ideal on a scarf.

      Still, I think yours is a great idea for most knitting dilemmas.

      Thanks!

      Carla

  9. I like them both but I think the pavement scarf would match the beautiful hat better. The Hawthorn is lovely but I think it would suit a more lacy type of hat in a finer wool? Since I’m not a knitter – sometimes start something but never finish much, tut tut, what do I know? Only what appeals to my eyes. Love your knitting.

  10. I can understand why you fell in love with the yarn, and the pattern. I love cables too, and enjoy the challenge of knitting them. I would definitely go for the pavement scarf. Not only does it match the hat well, but the pattern is interesting. It would make a great warming scarf for chilly days.

  11. Ooooh, love that hat.
    I guess it depends on the look, but that shawl would be a winner. Love living on the edge and playing Yarn chicken- hehe.
    Either will be delightful🤗🤗

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