To start off, I should say — admit? declare? — that I did NO knitting for Christmas this year. None at all.
We moved to a new house on December 1, and in the midst of all that chaos, knitting was a welcome respite, but not one I got to indulge in very often, or for very long at a stretch. I gave myself a ‘get out of jail free’ card and knit nothing that had a deadline, nothing that had to please anyone but myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love knitting for others, but no matter how generous the intent, I think most knitters are familiar with that eleventh-hour moment when the project’s not turning out quite right, and you want nothing more than to chuck it in the bin and rain curses down on whoever you’re knitting for!
Anyway, in the month of December, I only managed to knit one thing: a hat for myself.
It’s the Ripple Hat by Wendy Bernard, done up in bits and pieces of Koigu KPPPM. (Yup, still obsessed with that stuff.) Full details are here. It’s big, slouchy, floppy, and miraculously able to settle on my head without mussing up my (very fine, very prone to mussing) hair.
I don’t entirely know how much yarn this took, but suffice to say that it used up LOTS. Probably double what a fitted ribbed beanie/toque would take! But it’s a lovely brainless knit, and it was perfect for my December.
One note about the pattern is that the band is knitted in garter stitch, not ribbing, so it’s prone to stretching out, and not to shrinking back in as much. I resolved that by sewing in a polar fleece lining (like a little wee headband inside the hat), but if I’d been thinking ahead, I probably would have just used ribbing in the first place.