Jan 25, 2013

Simplicity

One of my dearest and oldest friends just celebrated a birthday, and I wanted to knit her a hat to keep her warm during hikes that she likes to take in the woods.  I knew that I wanted to knit this hat with one of my all-time favorite yarns: Malabrigo Worsted.  I knew that I wanted to knit a beanie. And I knew that I wanted to keep it simple.


I pulled out my US8 Chiagoo circulars, cast on 100 stitches, knit a 2x2 1" rib, and then knit until I reached 6.5 inches.  


I began decreasing until I reached the tippy top and then threaded close the few remaining stitches.


The birthday girl has organized a birthday hike near where she lives which sadly is far away from me so I won't be able to join her, but I'm hoping this hat will keep her warm and smiling knowing that I knit it with the hike in mind.

Sometimes simplicity is a knitter's best friend.

21 comments:

  1. the hat is beautiful! I'm sure it'll be a heart-warming gift.

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  2. Oh, it looks so deliciously squishy!

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  3. That colour is just gorgeous. I'll bet it's super warm too.

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  4. Such a cute quick knit. I know she will love it!

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  5. Simple, yet beautiful. The color will make it stand out.

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  6. That's a great hat and gift for a friend...

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  7. I love the colour and I know that Malabrigo is delicious. Lucky lady :)

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  8. Oh how beautiful & what a thoughtful gift!

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  9. Oh boy does that beanie look squishy. I can almost feel that Malabrigo between my fingers. Yes, simplicity is always reliable and always comes out wonderful.

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  10. Oh she is sure to love it! I can always recognize Malabrigo on sight, it is just so distinctive especially when knit up.

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  11. What a sweet and perfect gift for a friend!

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  12. Beautiful hat...lucky friend! I also wanted to pop in say how glad I am that you shared the msgic knot method video last year...while it has made knitting my Wonder Blanket easier, it actually saved me a whole lot of grief this morning. Something happened to me which never has....my working yarn frayed and broke! But know problem--I just magic kmotted back together and all is well again. :)
    *smiles*

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  13. Beautiful hat - sometimes a good simple pattern is key when you have a great vibrant yarn such as malabrigo. Your friend is very lucky :)

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  14. I couldn't agree more, and it's a simply perfect hat ... love the colour!

    Thank you so much for the get well wishes Evelyn :D

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  15. Such a pretty hat! It's a perfect showcase for Malabrigo worsted :) I hope your friend loves it!

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  16. I tried knitting several years ago but it just didn't make sense to me. I do crochet but have yet to make a hat -- though hubby says he would like me to make something for him. Picking a manly yarn isn't always easy, especially with a limited selection of yarns here in Kuwait. No doubt your friend will love her hat. Best wishes, Tammy

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  17. Love the hat and sentiment behind it. There is something about wintertime that makes me crave simple things like a beautiful warm hat (and hot cocoa!)

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  18. i couldn't agree more about keeping things simple sometimes! what a lucky friend - love the colour :)

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  19. It's lovely and you're right, often simple is best.

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