My partner and I are off to volunteer in the Calais Refugee Camp in October, and I decided to take a bunch of hats to keep folks warm.
Previous volunteers let me know that some of the ladies wear hijab, so I contacted a local mosque and spoke to that women there: apparently with a hijab extra woolen layers are still essential to keep warm - but there's no particular style that is prefered as most often they just wear the hat over the hijab (quite a fashion statement they told me!!)
My mum donated a HUGE pile of yarn to the effort (she's the best, huh?) so I stuck right in with this Rico Designs Creative Chunky. I love the variegated colours, and this yarn was a real pleasure to work with
These two I knitted with 2 stands, fading the colours one strand at a time a la Mistress Jennie's recent crocheted throws.
No pattern for these beanies - just winged it with some twisted rib stitch! The set of 3 should for a baby, taking it from newborn, 3-6 months, to 6-9 months
Mum also gave me a heap of Hayfield Bonus Chunky (thanks mum - love you!). It's a great yarn - definitely the nicest acrylic chunky I've used
It's important to me that each hat is unique - that the refugees have a choice, can demonstrate their personal tastes, and are so acknowledged (by me) as individual human beings. So I am trying to make as many of the hats as I can different in some way... Where I used a pattern, I've linked it beneath the picture
My first mock cables!
My first smocking! I used these as an excuse to try new techniques
Cables this is only my second try at cables - the first was a hot water bottle cozy so fit wasn't an issue, but I found with this that the cable rows make the hat really tight. When I tried to reknit looser, I ended up with holes by my cross overs. Any advice anyone?
Eyelet slouch hat (left-overs: hence stripes!!)
2 colour cables -- no pattern but this is the tutorial I watched
I picked up some Colinette Caligraphy from the scrap bin at a local yarn fair - it's so expensive by the skein, but oh my word it's beautiful!
Moss stitch slouch hat
I received this yarn, unlabeled, in a fibre swap - it's similar to a noro silk blend but not actually Noro, I think, since the colour pattern repeats.
Slouch swirl - I love the eyelet pattern at the bottom. I'm looking for the pattern to share!
The child size is really a baby size - and even then only if you add extra length with the brim , I picked up, added some length, then did a turn row and put in a fold back to hide the join since my pick ups always suck!
2 beanies from bits of Rowan Tumble left in my stash!
Stash Scrap busting!
2 totally random beanies from assorted bits of tiny scrap in my stash! Finally validating my habit of keeping hold of every single yard if left overs!!
These are made from Lion Brand thick n quick, more left overs from my stash!
Animal ears kids hats (when worn the corners stick up like cat/fox ears!)
Adult beanie and matching kids earwarming head band (didn't have enough yarn for a final hat!)
My aim is to finish using up all the aran & chunky weight yarn in my stash before we go, so there should hopefully be more to add in the next couple of weeks!