Year of Hats: August Hat

We love hats—we love designing them, we love wearing them, we love giving them to our friends and family, but we also love our friends design hats, too! Fortunately, we know many talented designers, so for the second half of our Year of Hats series we’ve invited a few of our friends to share the hat love!

Meet the August Hat, a lovely, Latvian-inspired beauty by Sarah Solomon. This is the first stranded color work hat of the series, but she kept it simple, interesting, and fun using 2 colors of Germantown, a sweet motif, and Latvian braids.

Sarah’s August Hat is refreshingly different from the previous hats in our Year of Hats series. Her design aesthetic celebrates traditional knitting techniques applied to modern knitwear designs. The gentle color work motif body of this hat is framed with two Latvian braids, which serves both as a decorative and fabric stabilizing feature.

Latvian braids are fun to work and yield beautiful results; if you’re new to this technique, fear not! Find our Latvian braid tutorial here, which breaks them down in a row-by-row photo tutorial.

Latvian braids are a twisty little technique, which creates a horizontal braid on the “public side” of the work. They’re created by purling and carrying one strand of yarn over the other. Follow the tutorial to unlock the mystery!

As months past, we’ve put together a kit for the August Hat, which includes:

• 2 skeins of Germantown; one in myrtle and one in sage.
• 2 butterflies of Perennial in pineapple and sage.
• 1 Kelbourne Woolens custom leather tag.

Download the August Hat for free today, and purchase the August Hat Kit here or contact your favorite LYS to order one today!

Happy (Hat) Knitting!

Year of Hats: July Hat

Sometimes designs take a long time to come to fruition; there is style or trend research, swatches, discussions, and strict scheduling and planning. Sometimes a design - such as this one - comes out of nowhere, seemingly unintentionally!

Kate has a recently published pattern, the Trigono Tee, featuring a geometric knit/purl triangles. I love the stitch, but didn’t have the time to devote to a whole garment. I did, though, have time to bang out a quick hat, so armed with a skein of Germantown in one of our new colors, Baby Pink, I asked her to send me a copy of the chart to see what I could come up with.

Less than a day later, I had whipped up this cute hat and we immediately knew it had to find a place as the July Hat in the Year of Hats lineup! (One of the many benefits of a small business such as ours is the ability to change plans.)

July is a hectic month for most. If you have kids like Kate and I both do, navigating odd summer schedules, camp pick up and drop off, and maintaining a consistent bed and meal-time can be tough. The heat is always a bit of a bummer - although it that has never stopped us from knitting or crocheting! - and the garden, weeds, and constantly-growing grass is an omni-present distraction.

We see the July Hat as a sweet little break from summertime schedule madness. An easy-to-memorize stitch pattern produces a cute and functional end result, and your mid-December head will be thanking your mid-July hands for thinking ahead to cooler temps!

We have limited kits available for the July Hat in our shop and from our excellent stockists, and they include:
• 1 skein of Germantown in baby pink
• 2 Perennial butterflies in natural and black
• 1 custom leather label

You can view and download the July Hat here on Ravelry. Enjoy!

All images: Linette Kielinski

Year of Hats: June Hat

Are we halfway through the Year of Hats already?! I guess we are because it’s the third Tuesday of June, and that means the June Hat is ready for you!

If this is your first time coming across our Year of Hats series, we are releasing a new, free hat pattern made in our Germantown yarn every month. Each month we feature a hat with a new technique and this month is no exception!

I love graphic colorwork knitwear and I wanted to make something along those lines but also really simple because summer is all about taking it easy.

My hat plays with contrast colors in both horizontal and vertical stripes using a classic black and white pairing. The crown decreases are integrated into the vertical stripe repeat and are virtually invisible.

Best of all, by using two different skeins of Germantown, you will have enough to make two hats in opposite colorways! One for you and one for your best friend.

June Hat by Meghan Kelley. Image © Linette Kielinski

My favorite part of any hat is the pompom. For this hat, with its stark black and white pattern, I thought it would be fun to use little bits of all the previous months colors to make multicolored pompoms for a literal pop of color at the top.

June Hat by Meghan Kelley. Image © Linette Kielinski

We have limited kits available for the June Hat and include:
• 2 skeins of Germantown; one in natural and one in black
• 4 Perennial butterflies in natural, sage, gold, and lead
• 2 custom leather labels

All Images by Linette Kielinski.