one of my all-time favorite things to knit is ... hats.They knit up super quickly (at least in a heavier weight yarn), are really, really useful, and make for great gifts. Bonus points for patterns with interesting texture or cables - they are also extremely fun to knit!
As this month it's all about Gift Knitting here at Making Stories, I thought it would be fun to put together a post about those quick-to-knit and wonderful-to-gift hat patterns - and throw in a little goodie for you: All of these knit up beautifully in our new Hudson + West Co Forge.I know that this yarn is new to most of you, and splurging on something you're not sure what to make with can be a bit tricky! So from today (November 9) through November 13, you get a free hat pattern of your choice with every purchase that includes at least 1 skein of Forge.
All of the patterns down below can be knit up with just 1 skein - ideal for giving this beautiful, 100% US-made yarn a try. To get your free hat pattern, simply add your pattern of choice from this selection to your cart together with your skeins of Forge and check out.
Now, shall we take a look at these hats?
Brooklyn by Meghan Babin was my first-ever Forge project - and I loved every single stitch of it! Now that the temperatures here in Berlin are finally a little colder, it's the hat that I throw on every day. The folded brim is super, super cozy, and the arched cables remind me of gothic churches.
The original sample is in Ash; I knit mine in Dusk, which is also beautiful. 1 skein will get you 1 hat!
Cian is a design by Emily Greene for Hudson + West's latest Autumn / Winter 2022 collection. It features Emily’s architectural slanting cables, textures, and pleasing symmetry and works so, so well for anyone! The sample is knit in Tobacco, and you need 1 skein for it.
Barbara Gottwik's Macara Beret from Issue 5 is one of our evergreen patterns - we keep seeing new FOs pop up! No wonder with that gorgeous geometric pattern that looks like a beautiful star. If you want to get as close to the original sample color as possible I would recommend 'Evergreen' - and one skein of Forge will be plenty!
Speaking of oldies-but-goodies: Remember Morganite from JEWELS? Designed by imke von Nathusius, it features stunning diamond-shapes courtesy of travelling stitches that grow smaller and smaller towards the crown. Set on a reverse stockinette background, they stand out even more! 'Cabernet', a deep violet colorway, would be absolutely stunning for this - and as with all of these, one skein will make one hat.
Rhett, another design from Hudson + West's latest collection, stole my heart the minute I saw it. It's the proverbial classic cabled hat - larger cables combined with smaller, yet still substaantial ones, and a 2x2 folded brim. The original sample is knit in Tobacco which is a cozy, warm brown-red. (Yes, 1 skein is enough!)
Me dabbling in knitwear design was short, but while I was at it, I created one hat pattern that I am really, really pleased with: Multitudes (originally from Issue 4), where I wanted to play with cables of different textures and sizes, and top it off with a lovely little pompom. 'Mustard' would be perfect for this - and 1 skein of Forge plenty!
Last, but very certainly not least: Oisin, another stunner from Hudson + West's Autumn / Winter 2022 collection! I love the update on classic antler cables here, and the combination with a cable shape that looks exactly like a braid. The sample is knit in Mallard, which we currently don't stock, but Juniper would make an excellent replacement!
You can see the full selection of worsted-weight hats here - and then get some Forge here! Remember, to redeem the offer, simply add a hat pattern of your choice to your cart when you purchase one (or more) skeins of Forge, and it'll be automatically reduced to 0€ / USD :) Happy hat knitting!!
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