There is something about September and the changing leaves that makes me want to cast on HATS. I mean, not just 1, not 2, but whole families of hats! In early autumn it’s not even cold enough here in Vancouver to warrant such a hat desire yet. In fact, I could probably wait until the end of November. Maybe it’s the hustle and bustle of back to school that leaves me wanting a small and manageable project, maybe it’s the end of a long summer of sweater knitting, whatever it is, I’m craving hats.
So I gather up the precious single skeins from my stash, take a look around at the people I love, consider their possible head warmth needs, and then get started churning out hats like there’s no tomorrow!
Pattern Love (6 years later)
I first designed the Gather hat for Knit City… was it 2013?! Knit City is an event I have loved from the beginning and a big part of that is how Amanda and Fiona work to bring the knitting community together. This year I took a new look at this old favourite and knit up a whole family of hats!
Every so often I re-fall-in-love-with a pattern. I really enjoy the smocking stitch, mostly because it looks pretty and complicated, but it couldn’t be simpler (we even have a tutorial for that here if you don’t believe me). I enjoyed putting this unusual palette together, a golden yellow, dusty pink, an emerald and a minty green. It’s pretty far outside my usual colour scheme but I really like it and immediately wanted to create a Strange Brew yoke with the combination.
After knit four Gather hats I decided to give this old favourite a new layout with new photos.
There are more TCK hats to choose from if you are on a hat kick like me!
Antler, Hunter, Beloved, Penny, Tall Dark and Handsome, Rosewater, Clayoquot, Stovetop, Fleet, Precipitation, Snap
November 9, 2019 @ 5:50 am
I am going to start a Beloved (or 12) after I finish this Flax Sweater. I have already bought the pattern, but I am concerned about my giant head. (Although my melon does measure 22 inches, as is the cap on the adult size, I feel I have a much bigger head than all the adults I see sporting their Beloveds. I always have trouble buying hats.) Will you ever consider adjusting the pattern for plus-sized noggins? Would some serious and aggressive blocking be enough? 😜
November 12, 2019 @ 12:25 pm
Hi Pattie – The bonnet size is pretty generous, but it’s super easy to make it bigger: just work the 4 row repeat in the increase with short rows section one extra time.
November 14, 2019 @ 8:34 am
Thanks! I bet I can do that!
What about using a slightly thicker yarn and possibly bigger needles? You can tell I’m a novice, can’t you?
November 19, 2019 @ 8:51 pm
Hi Pattie – yep, that would work too!
October 3, 2019 @ 6:57 am
I would like to purchase all the patterns but I can’t seem to find that link. Please help. Thank You,
October 29, 2019 @ 3:18 pm
Hi Gwen – just click on any of the hat pictures and they will take you to our website (tincanknits.com)
September 21, 2019 @ 10:40 pm
Whoa! I love the gather hat!