Could you make me a hat? It's a question I get asked a lot, especially by the guys in my family. They know I love to knit them, and as many hats as I make, they are always eager for more.
Hats tend to be my take-along project of choice, and while there are times that I like an intricate pattern, for knitting on the go and social knitting, I prefer simple designs. A stitch pattern that's a little more interesting than stockinette—but still easily memorizable—is perfect. And it works out nicely that simple motifs are what guys often prefer.
Meet Hat Trick, a collection of three unisex designs that have become my go-to patterns for family hats. All three use simple slip-stitch patterns to create textural interest (and keep me from nodding off), and are designed to be knit at a virtually any gauge.
Each pattern provides cast-on and decrease round stitch counts for hat sizes ranging from child's to men's extra-large, in yarn weights from fingering to bulky, and has instructions for working both slouchy and beanie-style versions. Advice on how to use every bit of your available yarn is also included—super helpful when working with handspun or using up the odd ball in your stash.
The patterns are available individually, and as an ebook collection. The ebook is a great deal at $12, and now through Friday, January 20 if you purchase the individual patterns, Breakaway, Crosscheck and Deke, you'll get them at 20% off the regular price.