Baby, It's Cold Outside

Although a completely inappropriate Christmas song, a great title for a post during the week of weather we are having in Moscow, Idaho.  Tomorrow we are bracing ourselves for sub-zero temps here and so what better time to focus on Christmas knitting and staying cozy indoors. 

I have been currently working on a few different projects for Christmas hat presents and I thought I would share them with you! The patterns I have been using are completely free on Ravelry and work up quickly for gifts.  

First, I have made a couple Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits.  You can download the free pattern here

I tested the pattern using some hand spun I made out of a Jacobs fleece I purchased at the Palouse Fiber Festival last summer.  I ended up loving the pattern and I love that it is offered in a variety of sizes!  The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn although I used a heavier worsted.  I would suggest using Cestari Traditional 2 ply as it would have a lovely texture and after a light felting, softens up tremendously!  We carry a few natural and a blue option in the store. 

Antler Hat in Progress

Antler Hat in Progress

Hand spun Antler Hat 

Hand spun Antler Hat 

The other free pattern I have knitted up for a Christmas gift is Tamarugo by Anna Hintikka.  You can download the free pattern here.  This hat was a wonderfully simple pattern and I would suggests working it up in Woolstok by Blue Sky Fiber or Quince and Cos Lark.  We have a bunch of lovely colors in stock for both! 

Antler Hat in Grey and Tamarugo in Purple

Antler Hat in Grey and Tamarugo in Purple

I hope everyone out there can stay warm over these next couple days and enjoy their Christmas knitting! 

-Jessie Roselyn