finished: nutbrown hare hat

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful 2014 so far! I always love the start of a new year; it seems like anything is possible. I’m currently in the middle of rearranging and organizing my crafting area. It makes me excited to create, and to get back to blogging regularly!

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Over my little break, I revisited my nutbrown hare hat, and finished it up. I can’t believe that it has been on my needles since August. Yeesh. Once I put my mind to it, it went pretty quickly – I even brought it to work with me and knitted during my lunch break.

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I tied the ears with two blue satin ribbons. I didn’t make them too secure so they can be changed, but you could easily tack them with some thread to make them more permanent.  I ended up only needed one skein of yarn (I bought two), and have already started making a simple baby hat out of the second one because I love this yarn so much.

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Splitting the hat into two ears wasn’t too tricky – I found the directions to be really straight forward. I also got to practice my kitchener stitch, which allowed me to match up the cables when closing the middle. Thanks to the ears being double sided, they stand up nicely. The back side of the ears are completely in purl, and the backside of the main part of the hat is identical to the front. I followed the 6mo – 12mo pattern, but the cabling allows the hat to stretch quite a bit. It seems like it will be able to fit over 12mo, which is always nice when making homemade gifts since babies seem to grow so fast. If you’d like to make your own, the pattern can be found here.