Family,  Gift Knitting,  Hats & Scarves,  Knitting

{A Birthday Hat}

January 1st is a big deal around here. My husband was the second baby born on New Year’s Day at the hospital. Possibly he could have been second but the doctor was apparently at a party and a little tipsy. Mind you, that story came from my husband and not my mother-in-law.

When we first met, he was quite clear he hated having his birthday lumped in with Christmas. Understandable, I suppose. So I always keep something back for his birthday and, this year, I had planned it well in advance. I drove to WEBS in November with one thing in mind: buy yarn for a hat.

I knew he wanted a simple hat. It had to be warm and it had to come down over his ears. This hat is part of a set that also includes a scarf, and it’s free on Ravelry. Just some knitting and purling to produce a broken rib effect. Straight knitting for 11 inches, two rows of decreases, and bind off. Easy peasy.

I get a tremendous amount of knitting done while my daughter is at youth group. I put on an audiobook or catch up on vlogs, knitting happily away.

This hat took a ridiculously long time to know, which I blame entirely on myself. The last bit was finished while we were in Boston, mostly in the car up and back. And the decreases and bind off were done on Dec. 30th – ahead of schedule!

Clearly, my daughter was thrilled to model the hat for me at 11 pm. Such a trooper, that one.

Pattern: The Boyfriend Set on Ravelry
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Pocion
Needles: US6/4mm

I’ve put myself on a yarn diet until I use up at least 3/4 of my stash (mostly fingering weight) but my husband liked the hat so much he asked me to knit a cowl to go with the hat. I’m telling myself that a specific request for a project doesn’t affect my yarn diet. Right?

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