Tip my hat off to…

“Saying you don’t look good in a hat is like saying you don’t look good in shoes!”

WSJ Blog- Royal Wedding Ladies

Thank you Princess Kate and Queen Elizabeth for single handedly making “HATS” happen for us knitters this season. If it were not for them, hats may never have been in style – kidding, sort of… They undoubtedly turned heads this summer (no pun intended) with their breathtaking garment changes at the wedding of THE century. (Obviously the Royal Wedding that is, in case any of you were thinking of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries) Either way, what kind of fashion blog would this be without mention of the royal ladies and their wardrobes?!?


Getting back to business, with my most recent fedora hat purchase from The Gap, (probably my only Gap purchase in the past 6 years, not that I’m #smacktalking or anything) hats are on my mind. Or on my head… (Bad joke. Sorry)

Take this simple garter stitch creation. Saw something similar at the New York Gift Show last summer, and decided this HAD to be a THEBLACKSTITCH design. Below is the easy, breezy, and not to mention beautiful pattern. But, first let’s give a shout out to the all mighty M and J Trimming. A crafter’s Shangri- La, fa realz, and the reason for the undeniably phenomenal faux fur pom poms at three bucks a pop.


With Faux Fur Pom poms.
Approx. 125 Yards of Chunky Yarn
Size US 10.5 /6.5mm  16” Round Needles
1 set- US 10.5 /6.5mm Double Pointed Needles (DPNS)
Darning Needle
Pom pom
Cast on 60 sts
Join to knit in the round, be sure not to twist. 
Knit in Garter (in the round that means knit 1 row, purl 1 row) for 6” from the beginning.
Begin decreasing as follows starting with a right side row: 
*switch to DPNS when you have too few stitches to go around on the 16” needles 
Row 1- (Knit 8, k2tog) repeat across row. – 54 sts
Row 2- (Purl 7, p2tog) repeat across row. – 48 sts
Row 3- (Knit 6, k2tog) repeat across row. – 42 sts
Row 4- (Purl 5, p2tog) repeat across row. – 36 sts
Row 5- (Knit 4, k2tog) repeat across row. – 30 sts
Row 6- (Purl 3, p2tog) repeat across row. – 24 sts
Row 7- (Knit 2, k2tog) repeat across row. – 18 sts
Row 8- (Purl 1, p2tog) repeat across row. – 12 sts
Row 9- (k2tog) repeat across row. – 6 sts.
Cut yarn leaving 12” tail. Draw yarn through live remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends. Attach pom pom. 
For personal use only.

Take a few hours out of your ever so busy day and knit yourself this easy peasy winter staple before it’s too late…

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