Knitter’s Spotlight: Cool Winter Hat Patterns
In my opinion, there’s nothing like a new knitted winter hat to get you excited to be out in the cold. It might sound silly, but I speak from experience. I used to live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and some days, the opportunity to show off my “chook” (that’s what Yoopers call a knit hat – don’t ask me why) was all that got me out of bed.
When I wasn’t braving the cold, I spent a lot of time on Ravelry looking for fun hat patterns. The quicker the better, but I wouldn’t settle for any old stockinette cap with a pompom. I looked for bright colors, buttons or appliques and interesting stitches – anything that would stand out.
Even now that I’m back in New England, my search for cool winter hat patterns continues. And from what I’ve seen, many Berroco fans are fond of fun hats, too. Here are a few of the recent patterns I’ve spotted on Ravelry and added to my queue.
I like everything about this hat, but what I like most is the color scheme that raveler oneyarn chose. By pairing the Orchid (6267) and Tiger’s Eye Mix (6292) shades of Berroco Ultra Alpaca, she really made the honeycomb stitch pop.
The elegant circular cables caught my eye when I first came across raveler nanaelliott’s Encircle project. She used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in Turquoise Mix (4294) – a subtly cool color for this chic design. Plus, I love the tree trunk style button for added character.
I once saw a moose when I lived in the U.P. but never any moose hats. I think the fact that this design is so unexpected, is part of what makes it cool. Raveler yarn-yakker made hers in our Vintage DK because it’s so “soft and smooth to work with.”
When it comes to cool knitted hats for kids, anything with a favorite superhero or cartoon character is a definite plus. Right now, it seems like Spider-Man is one of the coolest. When raveler benthyrdeeders could find the right pattern, she made some simple modifications to a basic slouchy hat. She used our Vintage yarn in Berries (5150) for the main color and Cast Iron (5145) for the web.