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After knitting up a couple of pussy hats for Innocent, I decided to modify the pattern slightly to make one for Arya Stark, my lone Funko. I think she looks great!

I was inspired to write up a quick pattern after someone on Instagram liked my idea and made a pussy hat for Lagertha (I won’t pretend I know who she is).

You will need

  • A small amount of fingering weight pink yarn
  • 2.75mm DPNs/circular needles
  • 3mm DPNs/circular needles

Method

1. Using smaller needles, CO 40 sts. Join to work in the round

2. K2P2 rib 12 rounds

3. Change to larger needles. Work in stocking stitch for around 12 rounds, until total piece measures around 6cm

4. Rearrange stitches onto two straight needles and Kitchener together

I took some extra pictures in my garden, and somehow I made Arya look like a hipster taking selfies.

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I wanted to join in with the Pussyhat Project, but I knew I couldn’t make the march, and I missed the postal deadline for donating hats. SO I decided instead to use this pink yarn I was given as a secret Santa present to make some mini cat hats.


You will need

  • A small amount of fingering weight pink yarn
  • 2.75mm DPNs/circular needles
  • 3mm DPNs/circular needles

1. Using smaller needles, CO 40 sts. Join to work in the round

2. K1P1 rib 6rnds

3. Change to larger needles. Work in stocking stitch for around 18 rounds, until total piece measures around 5.5cm/2 1/4in

4. Rearrange stitches onto two straight needles and Kitchener together


I quickly crocheted this Innocent hat a couple of weeks ago as my last project for the HPKCHC before taking a sabbatical. I think I’ve benefitted a lot from the Cup adding a community and competition element to the highly solitary craft of knitting. However, I have a lot of other priorities in my life at the moment, and I think I’m using knitting too much as an avoidance strategy. Next year I will continue to knit, of course. Knitting has really become part of my identity. I’ll just be doing it purely on my own terms, which is how I like it really.

Anyway, back to the hat. I am half Jamaican so this is totes not cultural appropriation.

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Ably modelled by Arya Stark.

I followed a really rubbish pattern in a book of egg cosy patterns I have for some unfathomable reason. I thought about writing it up, but I’m sure Ravelry is already awash with super simple crochet patterns for Innocent hats. This one was great as is only took me about half an hour in total, including getting angry because I was struggling with the pattern.

Pattern: Jamaican me a hat (personal pattern)

Yarn: Ends of Jamieson & Smith 2-ply jumper weight, held double

Crochet hook: 3.5mm I think

Ravelry project page


I’ve always been a fan of Innocent smoothies, and their Big Knit campaign is right up my crafty alley. For those who don’t live in the UK or who don’t visit shops, Innocent raise awareness and money for a charity supporting older people, Age UK, by asking people to knit mini hats that they put on their smoothie bottles. 25p per hat goes to charity and the smoothie drinker gets a warm, fuzzy hat to match the warm, fuzzy feeling inside. I sent in my first hats around five years ago, when I was a relatively inexperienced knitter. I found a picture!

Innocent Big Knit hats

The pic isn’t amazing quality, I think I attempted a fish, a moss stitch tree with three little birds on it, and a mouse with an i-cord tail. This was in the dark days before I started using Ravelry to its full potential.

I’m struggling to remember my motivation for presenting them on eggs. I must have thought I was cool. Halcyon days.

Anyway, I fancied a quick project recently and decided to use up some stash yarn by making some more Big Knit hats as part of a Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup challenge.

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The beauty of these little hats is that you can use up small amounts of yarn in almost any weight or colour.

In the hat above, the yellow is some acrylic DK I’ve had in my stash for years. The coloured yarn is self-striping fingering weight yarn left over from the socks I made for my uncle, held double.

You will need

  • 3.25mm* needles. I used double pointed needles (DPNs) but this pattern could easily be adapted to work flat on straights.
  • A small amount of scrap yarn. You can use DK and/or fingering/sock yarn held double. Use two contrasting colours. I think having Yarn A as a plain colour and Yarn B as a variegated option looks great.

The beauty of this pattern is that it’s highly adaptable so you can use whatever you have lying around

*You could use anything from 3mm-3.5mm

Pattern

1. Using Yarn A, cast on 32 stitches and divide among your DPNs.

I find the easiest way to do this is to cast 1/2n+2 stitches on to the first needle…

Slip the last two stitches purl wise onto the second needle and cast on the remaining stitches.

Then join to knit in the round, knitting 1/4 of the total stitches on to each of the four needles.

Joining to work in the round

Introducing Needle 4

2. Knit 4 rounds in garter stitch

*Knit 2 rows in stocking stitch using Yarn A

Introduce Yarn B

Join in Yarn B and work 4 rounds in garter stitch

Repeat from * twice more

To shape the crown (Yarn A):

  1. K1, (K1, k2tog) to last stitch, K1 (24 sts remain)
  2. K1 round plain

Repeat these two rows until around 11sts remain (don’t worry if you’re one or two out)

Join Yarn B

Increase (KFB) in every stitch until end of round.

Work 6 rounds in stocking stitch

Cast off. The stocking ‘doughnut’ at the top will naturally curl down. Encourage it to curl whichever way you prefer.

Weave in ends and you’re done!

This message is approved by Arya Stark, who after all knows all about winter.

Seeing that first pic has got me thinking that it might be cute to re-create those hats again this year. These little projects are a lovely way to use up stash yarn with the added bonus of warm fuzzy-wuzziness in the tum. Watch this space!