Last month after we had our first big snow, as I put on my boots and big ski gloves to prepare to shovel I realized there is not a single winter hat in our house that was meant for me. I made one for Ryan about two years ago that I put on that day, but I have a pretty big head, so it doesn't really fit. I decided that I needed to make one for myself that day, but with all of the Christmas prep, even though it was a priority, it didn't get started.
So, I was elated when I opened my Christmas gift from Cayenne and found this super cute beret that she had knit for me. She even spun the yarn! She amazes me with all of her fiber talent. I love this hat and even think I look pretty chic in it which is something I usually find a difficult task to pull off. Thanks Cayenne! I think I'm going to wear this to book group tonight.
I still wanted to make one too, so I bought some Wool-Ease (it's on sale at JoAnn for $1.99 until Saturday I think), found a pattern that I sort of followed and went for it. I say sort of because I had intended to put the ear flaps on, but the hat was looking a little small and when I got to the point where I thought it was big enough, I didn't think I would have enough yarn left for the ear flaps. My hat then turned out a little too big, but that's OK - it will easily fit over a ponytail or bun. It was my first time doing a puff stitch and the pattern didn't give any instructions, so I used this video on YouTube to figure it out.
I think I might make it again and try actually following the pattern this time. But I also really want to make this one. I might need to practice my front post and back post crochet first - maybe on some dishcloths. I have a few patterns for those that use those stitches.