Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Not Out Of The Woods....Bear Hat

Bear Hat/Scarf, Knitted Bear Hat/Scarf, Bear Hat/Scarf Pattern

We're not quite out of the woods yet folks, it's still pretty nippy out there. Yes, spring is around the corner but there's still time to sneak in another quick knit - and this IS a quick knit. I've been asked by a few people who knit but don't sew if they could have a knitted version of my Wolf Hat. The kids love 'em - it's practical 'dressing up'... and if the weather has warmed up, why not make a start on some early Christmas pressie knitting?

The Bear Hat is knitted with two strands of yarn, eyelash and plain.
Adding plain (4ply or even dk for something a little thicker) yarn gives more stitch definition which can often be tricky to see with fur knits. It makes the eyelash yarn go further, adds more body and makes it ultra-warm - just perfect for those really cold, mid-winter days, with a scarf  - two accessories in one.
Knitted on quite large needles it does not require a lot of yarn. I found a knit-a-scarf pack of 120g for 99p in our local pound shop which was perfect – bargain! You may have already knitted one that you’ve worn for a couple of seasons. They’ve been around for a while now so you could even try unravelling, restyling, and up-cycling.
Other suitable yarns are Stlyecraft Eskimo, King Cole Moments, Lion Brand Fun Fur  (don't forget to combine with another 4ply or DK yarn, as mentioned above).
Knit loosely, it is stretchy and comfortable and moulds nicely to fit. 3 sizes cover all ages from toddlers to adults.
There is very little shaping so the pattern is simple, and the ears are shaped while making up at the end. A good project for relative beginners, knits up nice and quickly (took me 3 evenings) and I have provided clear instructions and diagrams.

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