Posted yesterday on Ravelry, Spirit, a new hat knitting pattern, probably the most comfortable winter hat I have ever worn. Cabled around the ears for warmth and coziness, roomy in the crown. Use stranded colorwork to highlight interesting stitch patterns, or work entirely in monotone colorway…ever how the spirit moves you.

These hats pictured here are all knit with variegated and solid Malabrigo worsted Merino yarns.

Finished size is approximately 18-20 inches (46-51.5cm). Spirit will fit older children, teens, and adults. Sources for faux and genuine fur pom poms included with the six page photo tutorial pdf. Hope you will enjoy knitting Spirit. I certainly enjoyed designing this hat pattern.black monotone spirit cable hat

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A knitting pattern for a warm earflap balaclava hat with a monkey face and ears—

Sock monkey stuffed animal toys have been around since Victorian times, believe it or not. Victoriana became enraptured by monkeys and their exotic world in the 1890’s. When the Rockland, Illinois wool work sock factory started making socks with red heels, that’s how the arts and crafts creation got his red mouth and behind.

Rockland still celebrates a “Sock Monkey Festival” in the 21st century.

Last winter when my granddaughter’s middle school friends latched onto the sock monkey hat craze,  I designed this sock monkey hat knitting pattern with earflaps for Charlotte, who is  eleven years old. The pattern has now been knitted for adults, teens, and children alike.

Cheeky sock monkey hat pattern (more…)