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Big Hat Updates

Sometimes it takes me a while to check things off my piles of to-do lists, but I do get to them eventually.

I will cut to the chase.

When I first published the designs for my two favorite hats, Samoa and the Best Hat Ever, two years ago, I referred to the braids as “horizontal chains” or some such nonsense because that’s what they looked like to me. I remember searching and SEARCHING YouTube for “how to knit a horizontal chain” and coming up with zilch. It struck me as odd, but I was sleep deprived at the time and soldiered on.Fast forward… An ENTIRE YEAR AGO, I stumbled upon something in the knitting blog-o-verse that made me realize my “horizontal chains” were referred to as Estonian braids or lateral braids by normal people (AKA everyone but me). As soon as I saw this, it made perfect sense and I had one of those Oprah A-Ha Moments.

Of course there are TONS of You Tube video tutorials for Estonian Braids and lateral braids.

Only me.

At the time, I made a note to update my two beloved hat patterns with the terminology and improved technique. This was a year ago, mind you. The task has been on my list ever since. Anyway, here I am an entire year later (and two years after first publishing these designs), and I am STILL sleep deprived. (Surprise. Surprise.)

However.

I can now proudly say that I have indeed made video tutorials of my own (predictably quirky…what can I say, video production is NOT my greatest talent in life) and updated the Ravelry information for each pattern. I also made a video tutorial demonstrating the I-Cord Cast-on for my Samoa hat pattern.

If you have already purchased one of these super fabulous hat designs, you should have received a little note via Ravelry with a link to the updated pattern. (If not, let me know.)

The videos are linked right into the Ravelry summaries for each pattern (Samoa is here and Best Hat Ever is here.) I know designers more typically provide links to video tutorials AFTER people buy their patterns, but I would rather knitters have the opportunity see up-front what they are in for before deciding to invest their hard-earned cash. There’s nothing worse than buying something only to realize after it’s too late that the required techniques are beyond your comfort zone.

Knitting is supposed to be fun!

If you missed these hats when they were first released, now’s your chance! These are knit up in DK weight yarn, which goes reasonably quick. You still have JUST enough time to work a couple up for stocking stuffers!

P.S. In the event you adore my ridiculously dorky YouTube tutorials, you can subscribe to my You Tube channel here. I doubt I will be winning an Oscar anytime soon, but I am having fun nonetheless! 

P.P.S. Subscribers, check your email inboxes for a special two-for-one deal on these patterns! 

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Samoa Hat

A beautifully simple hat with a clean, I-cord cast on.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better in the Hat Department, it did. At last, the knitting universe is on my side. For the time being. Fingers crossed.

I am so pleased to share another new hat pattern with you today. It’s called Samoa.

Samoa is a clean, stylish hat featuring an I-cord cast on for a finished, tidy brim. Step by step instructions are provided if you are new to I-cord cast-ons.  They are more work up front, but it’s entirely worth it. I-cord cast-ons aren’t as scary as they sound. You can totally do this!

I loath stockinette brims that roll, and sometimes I just get sick of ribbing. It’s nice to change things up now and again. Keep it fresh.

The textured band, a simple combination of knit and slipped stitches, is divided from the brim and clean upper stockinette section with rounds of knitted chain stitch. Step by step written instructions are also included.

I used Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Great Grey Owl (I have been so into greys lately!) on size 6 (4 mm) needles, but the pattern is flexible and can be knitted with similar needles and yarn types.

This hat is sized to fit an adult woman but can easily be adjusted for a smaller or larger circumference by casting on fewer or more stitches in multiples of ten.

All instructions are provided in both English and metric units in a professional, sleek pattern.

Pretty pattern = pretty hat.

Samoa is just challenging enough not to bore you to tears with a few fancy but completely achievable details to keep things spicy in the knitting department.

Looking for holiday knitting gift ideas but you want something a little different from the ordinary hum drum? This hat is for you! Impress your friends and family or knit one up for yourself. Less than two months of holiday knitting time remain!

{Pause while I recover from brief panic attack…}

Samoa is available on Ravelry for $3.00 USD. Enjoy and happy knitting!

Joining Ginny’s lovely Yarn Along and reading How to Knit a Love Song. Completely cheesy and predictable, but I truly can’t put it down. Sigh.