I was having a conversation with one of my fellow hockey-loving pals over on Ravelry, and we dreamed up this fun idea of starting an informal knitalong for our group in January… we would focus on making some hats – perfect for the cold weather in the northern hemisphere – and we could knit while watching our favorite teams.
The January Hat Trick knitalong was born… Each participant is going to try to knit three hats in the month of January – effectively scoring a “hat trick” (three goals in hockey) as they complete three knit (or crochet) hats. At the end of the month, the participants that have completed hats can enter their hats into a contest and the other participants will vote on the *Three Stars* of the knitalong (the hats that get the most votes will be the stars of the knitalong). Just a little fun – if you are so inclined, you can check out the original post on Ravelry!
…and today, on the very first day of the year, and the first day of the knitalong, while watching my beleagured Pittsburgh Penguins lose (again) 3-2, I completed my first goal… er, hat I like to think that it was a perfect wrist shot, going over the goaltender’s shoulder – didn’t even see it coming!
Pattern: MarioBeret (Ravelry free pattern link)
Designer: Jatta Saukko at Jatta Soheltaa (blog is in Finnish / pattern in English)
Yarn: Folktale Fibers Patchwork Handspun – Earthen colorway (wool/cotton/silk/bamboo blend)
Needles: Size US 8/5.00 mm 16″ circular
A simple and sweet pattern – with so many ways to embellish and dress it up. I love Jatta’s original idea of adding the crochet detail to the side. Since I chose to work with such a textural and colorful yarn, I didn’t think that my hat needed any more dressing up, but if I make the pattern again, I will definitely consider this option. And can I just give a *huge* shout out to Abby at Folktale Fibers? I fell in love with this yarn when I saw it at the Crafty Bastards show in June and was reminded of it beauty when I saw Knitting School Dropout and Owl and Acorn using it), and when I decided to use it for a hat pattern, I wanted something simple. Jatta’s pattern fit the bill perfectly. And within a matter of hours on New Year’s Day, I had a new hat! I liked the way the yarn looked with the reverse stockinette side out, and I took care to finish it nice and neat, so it is pretty much reversible, I can change it to reflect however I feel on the given day!
…now to knit at least two more this month so that my hat trick can be complete!