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Nov 25, 2011

Modeling my Semolina Hat, from Weekend Hats (I'm not the best hat model; I swear this is a cute hat!)
There's a lot of talk this time of year about gift knitting: "What are you knitting for people this year? I'd like a knitted _____ if you have time! I need a new _____ because the _____ you made me last Christmas is worn out/lost/shrunk in the wash."

Yeah, you know you've heard it before. We smile and nod and knit, knit, knit for our loved ones, each and every year. I knit gifts for many reasons, not the least of which is that I love knitting them! I like knitting accessories and trying new patterns, new yarn, new techniques. Sometimes I choose a pattern that people want over and over because, "I want a hat like you knit Mom last year, but in blue!"

I told you back in August that I was going to make myself the Semolina Hat from Weekend Hats, and I just finished it. I love it! It's cozy and I love the yarn I used (Malabrigo Worsted—so soft and warm!). It's getting down into the teens here in Spokane, and I need those earflaps.

Hats are on my gift knitting list this year, as they are almost every year, and I'm knitting from Weekend Hats. Help me decide which hat to knit for my sister, Elizabeth, who's moving back from Egypt in just 10 days—hooray!
Topiary Beanie by Jennifer Lang-
MacKenzie. I like how the lace
pattern adorns the front.
Everdeen Beanie by Tanis Gray the shell pattern is really lovely, especially when paired with the wide rib. Welted Toque by Melissa LaBarre. This
is a simple little hat with a neat
welting detail on one side.

So, which one should I knit? Take the poll and let me know!

My sister and I both thank you for your input—she's going to need a knitted hat ASAP after living in Egypt's hot climate for a year and a half.

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Yarnananda wrote
on Nov 29, 2011 9:25 PM

I guess I'm in the minority. I really like the Topiary Beanie. Love the lace detail on the front. Also like the extra bit of fabric on top too.

chris@59 wrote
on Nov 28, 2011 12:59 PM

My vote is for the toque.

luv2knit4me wrote
on Nov 28, 2011 10:48 AM

I as the rest of my knitting family love the "Welted Toque".  This will certainly keep her toasty.

Happy Knitting!!

TraceyB wrote
on Nov 28, 2011 6:13 AM

This weekend I whipped up an earflap hat for my son.  His football team is going to states and he will be playing his trombone in support and needs to keep his ears warm.

I knit it up in his schools colors - finally something I can knit for him that he will wear!

bella196842 wrote
on Nov 27, 2011 2:00 AM

the Welted Toque is my fav and would probably make them in many colors... love it love it love it

cat2 wrote
on Nov 26, 2011 10:32 PM

The toque is the one! I love it !

craftycyn wrote
on Nov 26, 2011 1:42 PM

Definitely the toque.  A nice vintage brooch would look good on it.

bonitaraye wrote
on Nov 26, 2011 11:35 AM

Hi - There is something wrong with your Knitting Daily blog . It comes up all pushed to one side in a skinny column. I think it is your html programming. You might check. Other  things from you are fine.

IreneM wrote
on Nov 25, 2011 8:04 PM

The toque is the best choice..............and so many choices for yarn - colors or


WendyB@4 wrote
on Nov 25, 2011 6:51 PM

The toque..sooooo elegant.elegant

abichar wrote
on Nov 25, 2011 3:14 PM

The toque is the most interesting and elegant, and quick and easy.  

Audrey Crowe wrote
on Nov 25, 2011 12:40 PM

Love the welted toque.

I think you should go for this one.

Happy Knitting.


doclette wrote
on Nov 25, 2011 12:03 PM

Everdeen pattern is the prettiest

BeKKnits wrote
on Nov 25, 2011 10:19 AM

I am working on the shadow toque from the fall issue for one of my friends right now.

Nancy L. wrote
on Nov 25, 2011 8:33 AM

I like the Welted Toque--a little different  and a great place to use color.