The Knitting Hour: Gingerbread Hat

The Knitting Hour: Gingerbread Hat

As you might be aware, I live in the snowy land some call Minnesota.  It gets cold here, and Earl decided he needed a new hat; so he asked me to knit him one!  We headed out the yarn store and were in and out within 5 minutes (much to the approval of the shop owner, who was getting ready to close up).  Yarn in hand, I had him look through Ravelry to find a pattern he liked.  He ended up choosing the Gingerbread Hat pattern, which is available for free to all Ravelry users.  (Thanks Angela!)

The hat took me 8 hours across 3 weeks to finish.  For a moment I thought I wouldn’t get it done before winter was done.  Then the weather reminded me that I live in MN, and that’s a silly concern.  As a friend of a friend said : “MN has 4 seasons!  Winter, Second Winter, Mosquito, and Almost Winter.”

Right then.  The yarn he chose was a variegated green merino wool.  I lost the tag, but you can see that it’s a pretty yarn below (and that’s really all that matters, right?):

yarn yarn2


Yarn ball, made it was time to start knitting.

Hour 1: The cuff


I used my brandy new Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles (which I’m in LOVE with, seriously, can I have all the Hiya Hiya things?).  The cuff always takes me so long.  I think it’s the counting and the perling.

Hour 2: Finishing the Cuff


Yeah, seriously it took me 2 hours to cast on and do the ribbing.  But then it was done and I got to do more fun stuff!

Hour 3: Beginning the Ribbing



Pretty!  I *think* this is actually 2 hours, but I only had it recorded as one, so we’ll keep it as so.  I’ll be honest, this was my first experience with cable needles.  So many things I want to make now!

Hour 4,5,6 and 7: More ribbing

hour3hour4 hour5hour6

I could label each of these separately, but seriously, it’s just getting bigger slowly.  I decided I wanted to have 7 sets of the rib.  It probably would have been better if I had done 8, but it still fits him ok, so that’s good.

Hour 8: Done!



And there we have it!  A finished hat!  I have a picture of Earl wearing it, but decided not to put it here (I’m lazy people, sorry).  🙂

Ok, now let’s talk a bit about the pictures.  I really like this new system I have of taking photos on Instagram and then moving them over here. It’s so easy!  But it made me realize how much I hate the pictures my phone takes!  I’m nearing the end of my contract, so maybe I’ll get a new one this summer.  We’ll see.  In the mean time, sorry about the hit or miss quality of the hourly pictures.  I’ll make it a point to get good pictures of the finished projects with my regular camera.

Thanks for stopping by!



I like to link up here.
Affiliate links help me keep this blog running. Thanks for using them!
All opinions expressed on this blog are always my own.

One Response to The Knitting Hour: Gingerbread Hat

Leave a reply

CommentLuv badge