More hatness

Slouchy cat hatThis is the slouchy kitty hat I’ve been working on. It’s based on a super-common furry raver hat that looks like it has ear-like pointy tops. (For the cutest “eared” accessories, check out my friends’ site at Bunnywarez — their stuff beats the pants off anything I’ll make! Especially this, which I covet like a mad thing.) The knit hat comes out kinda goofy compared to the sewn ones: the “ears” don’t stick straight up, they’re way far back on the head and they’re somewhere between conical and flat, so they look like something between ears and horns. I’d love to get the kinks ironed out of this pattern, since people really respond to it. I wore this one out to a party today and got a couple queries from people asking where they could buy hats like it.

This slouchy kitty hat feels amazing. I found an all-cashmere sweater at the thrift store the other day for $2.40 with some unforgivable holes in it and turned it into yarn! I ran it through the wash on hot and through the dryer on high heat and then sliced it up with a rotary cutter, then washed the yarn again and dried it to get rid of any lint or fraying ends. I ended up with a super-thick yarn that knitted up at about 1.5 stitches to the inch. It knitted up blissfully fast — after a couple false starts, I had a whole hat done in about an hour, including the time it took to graft the top together and gather it a bit at the top center to make the “ears” stand up better. It feels blissfully soft and looks cute as hell on everyone who tried it on tonight. Yay! Success!

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