Month: August 2018

#anyhatkal2018 | rules, prizes & more!

 

Thanks for your interest in the Any Hat KAL, hosted by me on Instagram! I hope you’ll join in the fun! Below is some information you need to know in order to be eligible for prizes! It’s a very relaxed and fun knit-along, so don’t take it too seriously! 😉

RULES

  • Knit a hat (any hat)! WIPs are okay, but please don’t be more than halfway through the hat before September 1.
  • Snap photos of your progress and post them on Instagram using #anyhatkal2018 – please note that sometimes photos get excluded from hashtags for one reason or another. Click the hashtag to make sure yours appears. If it doesn’t, share your post with me via DM by clicking the “paper airplane” below the photo and sending it to me (@theknitpicky). I will make sure you’re included in the prize giveaway for that week! If your account is private, I will not be able to see your photos! If this is the case, please DM me with a screenshot of your post and I will add you to be eligible for prizes!
  • Only one post per week per person will count – this is to keep it fair for everyone!
  • Unfortunately, due to high shipping costs, physical KAL prizes are only available to US and Canada residents. Everyone else is still eligible for digital (pattern) prizes, so please join in!

PRIZES

  • I will be randomly giving away at least one prize each week, based on those who post using the hashtag during that week! There will also be a grand prize at the end and anyone who has participated will be eligible!
  • Prizes include YARN, stitch markers, patterns from some awesome designers, and more!
  • This year, each finished hat will be put into a drawing for a special prize at the end – this is in addition to the grand prize for participating!

OTHER STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Feel free to tag me if you need help or have question; I’ll do my best!
  • Check the hashtag to see what others are making and cheer each other on!
  • KAL runs September 1-30 and is not associated with Instagram in any way.
  • I will be reposting some of my favorite finished objects – if you use the hashtag, you are consenting for me to repost your photos (public accounts only) – with credit, of course!

I can’t wait to knit a hat (or three) with my virutal knitting friends! Keep an eye out for some pre-KAL chat & maybe even a prize! 😉

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Today I want to chat about some of my favorite hats that have been released this year! Some of them I’ve knit already, but most I haven’t – and really want to. This post comes at a good time, as the 2nd annual Any Hat KAL starts September 1! I’m hosting it over on Instagram and have lots of great prizes lined up!

First is Ryg by Woolfolk Design Team, which was released just a few days ago. I’ve never tried Woolfolk yarn, but I have pet it at length and desperately want to knit with it! Ryg uses their newest DK base, Flette, which looks like a literal cloud. I love how simple and understated the pattern is so that the yarn can be the star. It looks so insanely cozy!

Next up is Harlow by Andrea Mowry. I have already knit this one and really love the endless color combinations for the simple 2-color brioche design. It just takes 300 or so yards of fingering (about 150 yds of each color), so this pattern would make a great stash-buster!

I’ve had my eye on Lucerne by Jared Flood since I first saw it. I mostly love that there are options for 2, 3, and 4 colors! This could be another great stashbuster! It is written for Brooklyn Tweed’s new (fingering weight) Peerie yarn, which has a phenomenal color palette. I have really had to hold myself back from buying some! I may just have to knit this hat with some stash yarn to satiate my appetite for new yarn!

One of my favorite new knit is Beloved by Tin Can Knits. I scooped up this sweet little bonnet pattern the day it was released and knit one for my niece right away! Who can resist a good baby knit?! Okay, if you can resist or don’t have a baby to knit for, this pattern is written from newborn all the way up to adult! The shaping was so fun and interesting. I knit it up with less than half a skein of DK weight yarn and gave it a quick steam block. Perfection!

Justyna Lorkowska’s Sea Glass Stories is the perfect pattern for those speckled skeins of DK! I love how she created a pattern to showcase both cables and speckles. This pattern seems to have just the right amount of slouch, which is hard to do!

Speaking of slouch, how gorgeous is Mystic Slouchy by Heidi May?! Mohair is having a moment and I am here for it! I love the look of a strand of bouncy merino held with a strand of fluffy mohair. The effect is just so good! The moment I saw this, I wanted to knit it. Unfortunately I’m on a bit of a self-imposed yarn diet and don’t have mohair in stash. But if I fall off the wagon, it will probably be for this hat! It also has 4 size options, which is always a bonus.

Lastly I want to mention this pair of hats: Ogee & Gosh by Kiyomi Burgin. I haven’t talked to my sister about this… but I have designs on making these and doing a photoshoot with her. (Sorry Jamie, hope you’re game!) I love how they’re the same, but different – just like my sister and I! And you can make them both with 2 skeins of yarn (DK again… I’m just loving it right now). I don’t know if I’ll be able to knit them for the KAL, but I’m hoping by the end of the year!

I added these to my bundle on Ravelry, along with many other favorite hats! Check it out for more inspiration! I hope you’ll join in the Any Hat KAL! It was so much fun last year! If you’re planning to knit along, leave a comment letting me know what you’re going to knit! I’m always looking for great new hat patterns! 🙂