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The cutest knitted hat ever!

Jan 24, 2011

Side Slip Cloche from Boutique Knits

I knit my mom a hat for new year's day—it was supposed to be a Christmas present, but I couldn't get it done amongst all the other hats on the needles.

It's the Side Slip Cloche from Laura Irwin's Boutique Knits, one of my favorite knitting books out there.

My mom's favorite color is red, and I thought she needed a little bling, so I chose a red yarn with bits of silver speckled throughout. It's Kollage Glisten and it really knits up beautifully.

This hat was easy to make; even thought the ruffle looks a little difficult, it's not. What you do is knit the lager ruffle (the one on the bottom) first and put it on a holder, and then knit the second ruffle. When you're ready to continue on to the band, you knit the large ruffle and the small ruffle together and then begin knitting the ribbed band. Easy-peasy!

To knit the top of the hat, you join the ruffle to the end of the band and then pick up stitches all around the band to start knitting the hat in the round. There's some increasing cleverly placed on either side of the hat to give it that cloche look that's so flattering.


My mom in her Side Slip Cloche

My mom is one of those people who looks good in hats, so I knew this would be super cute on her. And it is! She wears it all the time—even to the grocery store.

I got a text from Mom a couple day's ago saying that two people at Safeway stopped her about the hat, one asking where she got it and the other simply saying, "Great hat!"

Great hat indeed! And since this hat is designed for worsted-weight yarn, so it'll probably work with something you already have in your stash.

A Must-Make Bag

There's a second pattern from Boutique Knits that gives me that "I must cast on immediately!" feeling—the Half-Felted Bag. It's such a unique pattern—so inventive, which can describe every piece in the book, actually!

Half-Felted Bag from Boutique Knits
The bag body of the bag is knitted up and felted, and then the sides (which are actually pockets) are knitted in the round and backstitched to the felted body of the bag.

The knitting portion of the Half-Felted Bag looks relatively easy, it's the finishing part that looks a little tricky. There's a lot of hardware to attach to the bag—D-rings, a chain shoulder strap, Chicago screws (which are neat-o fasteners used to attach the strap holders to the body), and magnet snaps.

I do love my finishing, though, and I'm up to the challenge! As with all finishing, if done carefully and courageously, the final product will be that much better.

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texgal55 wrote
on Jan 25, 2011 10:22 AM

Hi Kathleen,

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. I'm always just a little bit disappointed when I see a "Knitting Daily" e-mail and it isn't from you!  You are just a cute gal and when I see your smiling face, it just lifts my spirits! You have such a down-to-earth way of writing, and I just know  you'd be a bushel of fun. When I read about you and your friends getting together, I just love it -- makes me want to join in for a snack, a drink, some laughs, conversation, whatever!   I have to agree this is a very cute hat and it's adorable on your Mom!  I bet she's a lot of fun too, and loves to laugh, I bet.  Keep up the good work, Kathleen!! Hope you're all settled in your new abode by now. I also love hearing about your family, your nephew Henry (I think that's right). I bought the "Boutique Knits" book. I was going to buy in from Interweave during the sale, which at first glance would have saved me almost $9, but by the time I paid shipping, it cut it down to almost nothing. Sorry!  I had a gift card from BN so I bought it there on line, and it didn't cost me anything -- and I still  have over $9 left on my card!!  I have, though, in the past ordered from Interweave.  I'm 73 and live on my SS, so I have to watch the proverbial pennies!  Again, Kathleen, keep up the good work!  Look forward to your next post!  Myra Wade

helenzdj wrote
on Jan 24, 2011 7:26 PM

How excited was I when I realised I have this book! I had to pull it out and have a look at it again. But I have a question..... can anyone explain what "Work stitches as they appear" means?

Ren�eF@2 wrote
on Jan 24, 2011 3:19 PM

I love the hat you made your Mom and she looks beautiful in it. I think it's better than the one on the model.

Oeribori wrote
on Jan 24, 2011 11:14 AM

....lovely hat, and it looks smashing on your mom....and you haven't missed Christmas at all.....the 12 days of Christmas begin on Christmas day.....


Lulu5156 wrote
on Jan 24, 2011 10:38 AM

Darling hat and it looks divine on your mom :)  I wish I could get this book for a giveaway on Craft Gossip Felting.  Who could I contact to get a copy to review and giveaway? :)


on Jan 24, 2011 7:05 AM

I'm on my 3rd one of these.  I knitted one for my 24 year old daughter and then the 29 year ol wanted one, and now 2 friends want them as well!  I added some buttons next to the ruffle just to embelish it a bit and they all thought it was the greatest!