Beanies, Baby!

When I find a pattern I like, I make it. And make it and make it and make it. (I am not alone in this, um, problem.)

Such is the case with the Backroad Hats by Elizabeth Elliot in the 2014 issue of Interweave Knits Gifts.

It started because my son lost his running beanie. And, of course, he needs a new one. I searched around for a pattern and found the perfect one. Worked in a slip-stitch rib, the Backroad Hat is stretchy and stylish at the crown. And it was really a pleasure to make: it's fast and just engaging enough to make it a great project while watching TV, sitting in a meeting or waiting in a line.

When I finished my son's hat, it occurred to me that this would be the ideal present for the whole family. I rooted around the stash, and before long, this happened:

There are actually two versions in the pattern, with subtle variations in the decreases. I tried both, and both are lovely.

I reached deep in my stash for these yarns; some I have had for years and not all are available now.

purple Manos Del Uruguay color 117. This older version of Manos doesn't even have a name. It's a bit more thick-and-thin than the current yarn.
orange Lorna's Green Line Worsted (discontinued, but any worsted yarn by Lorna's Laces is lovely)
white Bovidae Farm (Mars Hill NC). A lovely rustic yarn
green/blue multi Manakau Yarns Charisma 100% New Zealand wool (I find no indication that this yarn is available anywhere anymore)

I'm thrilled that these vintage yarns have been transformed into beanies that will keep the heads of my active outdoorsy people warm this winter.

Need beanies for your loved ones? This pattern can't be beat. Find this and other go-to patterns in Interweave Knits Gifts 2014.

Stitch happy. Be warm.

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