Many of you know by now, my obsession with hats. I love to knit them and I love to wear them. I have a huge cedar chest of them in the basement, a tote in the hall closet (which my mom has coined “everyday woolens”), totes in two bedrooms, and you will also find them on just about every hook in the house. I love all types. And to my delight, I bore a child who looks precious in a handknit hat. I think it’s the chunky cheeks.
In the last year, I can’t get over how many hats I’ve had to retire. He’s growing so fast. But for a knitter, that’s not too bad of a problem. It just gave me an excuse to go to the archives! Lots of Anne’s hats have several sizes, so I wasn’t limited to only the kid section. I was narrowing down my search (ravelry is awesome for that), because I had skeins of Confection I was dying to knit,
when I came across Woodcutter’s Toque.
Oh man, was this perfect! Not only did the photography of the hat sell me, but the words…
It’s a rustic, cabled toque in three sizes (S/M/L) and two yarn weights (worsted/bulky) for doing battle against deep-winter cold. Rich cable panels create a double-thick fabric that offers the ultimate in cozy protection for ears and forehead.
really spoke to me. I dug through the blog archives and read Anne’s original post.
I loved seeing the hat in different weights, fibers and colors.
I told Anne about my plan and she was thrilled. It’s one of David’s favorite designs and he owns several different versions. That’s all I needed to hear!
I crossed my fingers and began to swatch. To my delight, Confection was a match and I settled on the Milk Chocolate colorway. I have very little knitting time with a toddler, but I knit on it everywhere I went – knit nite, guild meeting, people’s houses, and in the car when I had the privelege of a driver.
It took me forever to knit it and not long ago I realized why. I would stop every couple rows to pet and admire the cabled fabric. This pattern really makes cables pop and it’s more than exciting to watch them grow. This is a bad habit of mine and really cramps my knitting speed. I really need to curb this and keep those needles clacking.
The hat was finally done and time to graft. You can either use the Kitchener stitch (my personal fave) or a three needle bind off. I chose the latter, because I thought it would give it a nice sturdy top. If you’re not familiar with grafting or need a refresher, Anne has a great Craftsy class
where you can watch clear videos on many techniques. It’s FREE here.
After blocking I was thrilled with the finish. We happened to be at my parents recently and they have a wood pile in the backyard. I couldn’t help myself. You know I love a theme, so a photoshoot with Matt and Buddy was born…
He is so close to walking on his own, and he loves his independence. He kept eyeing up the woodpile that Buddy was chasing chipmunks in. We let him loose and he was much happier standing up on his own!
This is my new fave! I love how the hat has so much body and character. And I know it will fit for two seasons because there’s a lot of stretch and height to the hat. That’s what I love about Anne’s patterns. There’s so much flexibility and careful thought into her designs. For example, my mom knit Baby Knitspot a Hot Waffles last year. It fit great with the brim folded even though it was an adult small.
Today he had it on, brim down, and there’s still a lot of room left.
What a great, practical baby gift! For his toque, all I did was eliminate one repeat (you can see details on my ravelry page here) so it wouldn’t be too tall. I think it’s time to make Matt one to match. With the ability to knit Woodcutter’s Toque in two weights, there’s plenty of yarn options. I’m thinking another baby version would be great in Ghillie Sport DK. Or this would be stunning in handspun!
So tell me, what yarn would you knit this hat in? I need some ideas. Tell me in the comments by 9 pm EST Sunday Dec 15 and I’ll pick a winner to receive the Woodcutter’s Toque pattern for free!
In case you didn’t get enough views of the hat, here’s a few more…