Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hat toppers

Sorry to take so long to get this last hat post up, I am sure anyone who is kntting this hat is just waiting for the toppers.

Your hat should look like this when it is time to make the top. You can just thread the yarn thru all of the stitches and pull tight and sew in your ends and have no toppers at all or you could have fun hat toppers.





You could make 3 I cords and braid them
You could divide the stitches and make 6 thinner I cords
I usually make all the I cord a different length and tie a knot in the end. The knot helps it hang nicer plus it looks neat. Then I tie a knot in all the I cords.



A few new things I tried with this hat

Spiral I cord by Lucy Neatby
on the 5 stitches on one needle.
Row 1: RS facing, K2 tog, K3, inc 1 Slide the stitches to the opposite end of the needle. Do not turn the work; carry the working yarn across the back of the 5 sts.
Row 2: RS facing, P5. Slide the stitches to the opposite end of the needle. Do not turn work; carry the working yarn across the back of the 5 sts.
Row 3: RS facing, K5. Slide the stitches to opposite end of the needle. Do not turn the work; carry the working yarn across the back of the 5 sts.
Repeat rows 1-3.
This can be made working every Row 3 in a contrasting color. Carry the unused yarn up the inside of the tube by wrapping the yarn traveling from the end of the row to the beginning around behind the yarn being carried up the tube.
Make 2 more

Another top that is fun to knit and even more fun to wear
are these swirly thingies for lack of a better name
You have 5 stitches on the needle but you will only knit on the first 2 stitches first
Knit 2 stitches together then do cable cast starting with this stitch




A You tube video of this cast on
for 30 stitches or whatever you like
Row 1 – knit
Row 2 – knit into the front, the back and the front again of the same stitch. Repeat in every stitch. You are making 3 stitches from 1 stitch.
This will increase you stitches to 90 stitches if you cast on 30.
Row 3 -Cast off
When you get to the end of the cast off, knit this last stitch together with the next stitch on the needle then repeat the cast on and rows 1-3 for the next swirly thingy

You can also combine all of the above and make a very unique top. Once you are finished all your tops you can sew in your ends and use one of your ends on the top of the hat to close the hole at the top of the hat. Just thread your needle and sew this around the hole and pull the wool tight then sew in the ends.
The most important thing is to have fun with the hat. I would love to hear if you come up with different hat toppers so email me at
shelmack@telus.net

Now I leave you with a very cosy warm winter scene. The other night we had a huge storm here and we were very warm and cosy in the house while I was weaving a scarf using Noro Silk Garden Lite - thought I would share how cosy we all were. The cat is Sunset our neighbours cat who adopted us.

2 comments:

kate said...

I LOVE those swirly toppers ... that's what I'm putting on my hat for sure!!

And that bottom picture sure does look cozy. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

its adorable and very helpfull.Sunset looks very content helping.