Around this time every year, when the countdowns to the holidays start popping up in our newsfeeds, we roll our eyes, let out a sigh, and promise ourselves that next year we’re going to start our gift knitting in June. Because, with all the cold-weather knits collecting in our queue, we start to panic as to when we’ll have time to finish gifts for friend, SIL, coworker, and mom. Quick and cute knits are the answer, which is why we picked a quick and cute project for our October BigStitch subscriptions.
To create our quick and cute project kit, we chose an aran weight yarn from Quince & Co. This yarn – which is a little bit heavier than a worsted weight, and sometimes labeled as a ‘heavy worsted’ – knits up like a dream on a larger needle (think US 10 or 11) and comes in a beautiful range of dusty, unisex colors. The fiber is 100% American wool and surprisingly light, airy, and bouncy.
This versatile yarn is great for sweaters and scarves, but we paired it with a hat pattern from designer Ann Budd. Her Modified Rib Hat calls for a tight gauge and extra height for a solid and slouchy hat that is warm enough to withstand winter’s whipping winds. The project’s modified rib pattern creates an all-over rib texture that gives the hat classic character, making it a suitable gift for anyone on your list, including daughter, grandpa, or friend.
While the familiarity of a rib’s repeated knits and purls are welcoming during crunch gift-knitting time, the challenge of a not-so-common cast on made this pattern memorable (and arguably, exciting!). The Channel Island Cast On, which we demonstrate in the video below, adds a decorative, faux-picot edge to the hat that gives it a polished and distinct look.
Subscribers received two skeins of Osprey, allowing them to knit two hats, a matching cowl, or a bigger project. Also in this months box: a pair of US 10 Stainless Steel Double Points from ChiaoGoo, an LOL-worthy “Yarnold Palmer” enamel pin from Shelli Can, and a Silicone Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles.
As we knit this hat, we can’t help but daydream about a winter wonderland. Where will you take your Modified Rib Hat this winter?