One of the things I like best about being a knitter is the ability to knit impromptu projects for upcoming events.  For example, we went skiing in Mammoth over the weekend, and I quickly knitted up a new hat for the occasion.

For some reason, I am obsessed with ski hats.  I bought two more this weekend, one of which has a brim which I found to be quite brilliant at keeping the wind away.  Who knew?

But I digress.  I present to you the Blue Pony Tail Hat, which I knitted for my fun ski weekend:

While in Oregon I had bought several skeins of Lion Brand Microspun, which is incredibly soft.  For this hat I used a double strand and size 10 needles, casting on 67 stitches.  The first four rows are in garter stitch, then in the fifth row I increased evenly to 71 stitches and switched to stockinette for about 5 inches before decreasing evenly to shape the top of the hat.  Basically, I found a hat pattern I liked, then modified it to meet my needs.

When seaming, I added the best part of the hat:

For me, every ski hat has to have a pony tail hole, so I am forever cutting into my hats to accommodate my pony tail.  My next hat will have three holes:  1 for a pony tail, and 2 on the sides for pig tails.

Speaking of my next hat, I am thinking hard about "The Perfect Ski Hat," which I hope to make in time for our next ski trip in early March.

And speaking of skiing, my husband Mick wrote a cool post in his blog:

http://mickwest.com/2007/01/18/top-of-mammoth/

One Reply to “Knitting for the Slopes”

  1. Antoinette says: January 24, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    I love the pony tail hole (and the pig tail idea!). You’re so smart!!! Very dashing hat. Love the blue.

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