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Fall is for Hats

September 19, 2019
I knit up this family of Gather hats in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘golden north’ and ‘auld lang syne’, Sweet Fiber Merino Twist DK in ‘Dusted Rose’ and Tanis Fiber Arts Purewash DK in ‘mint’

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!

Noel, rocking a pom!

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!

Olivia was all smiles in the field of flowers!

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.

Matching hats for the win!

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

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Pattie Cowan permalink
    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.

      • Pattie Cowan permalink
        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!

  2. GWEN LARSON permalink
    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 (

  3. September 21, 2019 10:40 pm

    Whoa! I love the gather hat!

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