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Here's the hat I just finished for my brother-in-law:


He's always cold, everywhere he goes, all the time - for his birthday, we got him an electric blanket for his bed. His knitting request was for a hat, a Very Warm Hat, that was similar to the pirate hat (Ravelry link) that I had made for my husband. I chose Swish DK because it's superwash merino - he's a little itch-sensitive, so I wanted something super soft, and there was a good chance of the hat getting less-than-attentive treatment in the laundry.


I used the free We Call Them Pirates pattern (Ravelry link) for the shape of the hat, but I used a chart from a different free pattern to use classic Space Invaders in the two-color stranded knitting. The hat also has a sewn hem at the brim, and the doubled fabric makes it extra warm over his ears.

Yarn: Swish DK in Asparagus and Coal
Pattern: We Call Them Pirates (Ravelry link) for shape, bmp for the Space Invaders chart (Ravelry link)
Needles: Knit Picks nickel fixed-length circular, size 3, 32" long
Ravelry link to project

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Comment by PamWipf on March 9, 2009 at 11:16am
Ah ha! I just discovered a great christmas present for my video game playing son! This is a great hat Alison! Totally adorable-thanks for sharing your pics!
Comment by kristine on March 2, 2009 at 9:12pm
I love it, it looks like a great weight of hat, too - I hadn't thought of using DK so I could make it stranded; the other hat I made was Swish Worsted. My husband is a geeky guy, so this would definitely be a good idea for a theme - he's already asked for a hat for next winter, and it's the first thing he's ever requested since I've been knitting... these snow days in the Vancouver/Portland area must have had his ears cold!
Comment by April Smith on February 27, 2009 at 4:05am
Love the Pirates pattern may have to make this for my hubby :D
Comment by wongjanet on February 26, 2009 at 1:46pm
Thank you for sharing your story. The hat looks great. This really motivates me to pick up knitting more and more. I can't wait.
Comment by MarciH on February 25, 2009 at 12:58pm
This turned out SO great Alison. I hope he loves it.

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