Matt’s Toboggan

In all the years I’ve been knitting I’ve never made anything for Matt to wear. In fact, the only thing I’ve made for him is this chess board.

This year Matt and I decided to just do stocking gifts for each other, and I knew making him a hat would be just perfect. I was in DC the other week, and I saw a guy walking on the street with a toboggan that I knew would be perfect for Matt. I finally found some yarn that I wanted to use at a The Yarn Shop by Rainy Day Creations in Pineville, NC and quickly improvised a pattern that would work.

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I was so pleased with the way the hat turned out that I couldn’t wait until Christmas to give it to him! I knit it with Katia Fabula which knit up very quickly on size 13 needles. Fabula is a super bulky washable merino. At $11 a skein, with two skeins required, this hat was a bit expensive to make, but the colors were perfect for Matt, and I knew he wouldn’t wear it unless it was really soft.

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I love the way the natural colors of the yarn and the way that it created the stripes. The design was improvised, but you can check out my notes on my ravelry page. Be warned, they are really rough notes. I’ll try to tighten them up in the next few days, but I can’t make any promises.

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