Husband needed a new hat. The acrylic one I had bought for him from Sport Chek for $5 back in 2013 had torn itself apart in the laundry so badly (despite having been put inside a delicates bag, and laundered on gentle cycles) that a large hole had developed, rendering it useless as a method of warming one's head once the winter winds started up. Seeing the need for a much higher-quality hat that will actually last - and not destroy the planet in the process (you know, since I wish my child to have a future on this earth) - I took up my knitting needles back in October, as well as a couple of skeins of our DK weight superfine alpaca yarn, and began to knit Violet Waffles, a lovely (free) pattern for a tuque that features waffle stitches in the main body.
My modifications included using slightly larger than the needles called for, as I didn't have the correct size on hand (this worked well, as hubby's head is a little larger than what I'd say the average would be), and making the brim extra long so it could fold over (I just prefer the look of a folded brim over one that isn't, with the extra layer offering the added bonus of being that much warmer on hubby's head, whom I know particularly dislikes cold weather).
What you'll need for this project:
- 100g of a DK weight yarn - we used Americo Original Alpaca Matizada in black
- Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Dreamz Special Interchangeable Needle 3.5mm / US 4 - pair with Knitter's Pride Special Interchangeable Cord to make a special-length, shorter than usual, 16" circular needle
- Knitter's Pride Symfonie Dreamz Double Pointed Needle in size 4mm / US 6
- A yarn bowl or the Yarn Butler, while not required, is certainly helpful to keep your yarn organised and off the floor as you knit!
I think it turned out rather well. Hubby's review: "It was good [...]. Warm. Thick." So that says it all folks - 100% superfine alpaca is definitely a way better yarn choice for your hat than any manmade blend of fibres.