As September comes to a close and the Autumnal Equinox peeks around the corner, those of us in the Midwest United States begin to look ahead to clear, brisk days and downright chilly nights. (If they haven't already appeared, that is.) What better time to start thinking about knitting a cozy hat? And for those of you in perpetually warm climates, remember that plenty of gift-giving holidays are right around the corner, and hats make a great quick knit to fill out your gift list. Not only that, but don't forget Halloween, and the myriad possibilities knitted hats can offer as costume pieces.
So, you guessed it, our theme this challenge is Mad Hatter: hats, hats, hats. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to knit a hat. Yeah, it sounds easy. Hats, at their most basic, are a very simple and fast thing to knit. But lets get creative here! As with many simple things, the possibilities for variety are nearly endless. I am not limiting this challenge to new designs only, because I do not want to eliminate novice knitters from the running, however if you do use a published pattern for this challenge, consider ramping it up with your own additions of decoration, colorwork, etc.
Feel free to browse around on Craftster to catch a glimpse of some of the wild and wonderful places Craftsters have gone with hat knitting! Flying Spaghetti monsters, Nintendo themes, sharks eating heads... it's a crazy world in here, and we want you to be a part of it! No, your hat doesn't have to be off the wall. Knit something you or someone you know would wear. We don't want your wacky creation gathering dust in the bottom of your stash pile once you're done with it. But don't fear the zany, and please do let your imagination run wild, even if you keep the mad to a minimum in your finished object.The Format:
When posting your challenge entry, please post it under Knitting Challenge Entries. In the message body, post the title of your entry and clear pictures.The Deadline:
The crafting period will last from September 21, 2009 until October 31, 2009, with voting from November 1 to November 5. Entries can be posted any time during the crafting period, but no entries posted after 11:59pm US Central Time on October 31 will be accepted for voting.The Prizes (the best part!):
I was recently asked to be included in a compilation hat pattern book published for the benefit of Save the Children
, a world renowned charity. I jumped at the opportunity (of course) and am delighted to offer the top three
contest entries an ebook copy of A Hat In Time
, which winds up not only being a prize for you, but also a donation to Save the Children. How cool is that?!
- Members do not need to have a certain post count or have been a member for so long to participate. Everyone is welcome!
- All items must be handmade by the poster.
- The item must be knitted, but it does not have to be hand-knitted. Looms and machines qualify.
- Only one entry per poster, though you may incorporate multiple things into your one entry (such as with a set)
- Items can be as big or as small as you want, unless otherwise stated in the theme.
- You must use the theme provided.
- You may use written patterns for this theme if you so choose. Please provide information in your entry on which pattern you used.
- this is an important one: Make sure all pictures are visible through the time of voting. Pictures will appear in the voting, so please keep an eye on your bandwidth and hyperlinks! Entries where the photo links do not work when it comes time to vote will not be included. Craftster offers reliable picture hosting to registered members and also incorporates Photobucket software into the forum code to make Photobucket accounts easier to use. Take advantage of these features!