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: