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Old 10-12-2006, 12:08 PM   #1
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What's your favorite yarn to use for hats???
Hello all! Hope everyone is doing fantastic today!

Since it's so COLD here in WI (29 degrees at the moment and I spent a good portion of my morning having a heated (pun intended ) discussion with my children about wearing warm clothing, my thoughts went to hats.

What are your favorite yarns to use to make hats?

Thanks guys! Stay warm!
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Old 10-12-2006, 12:19 PM   #2
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I like a nice superwash merino yarn for hats. Merino because it's warm and not itchy, and superwash for easy care. Of course, I like it for sweaters too, for the same reason.
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Old 10-12-2006, 12:23 PM   #3
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I like wool. I've made felted hats with Lamb's Pride Worsted to match felted mittens. I live in cold weather too and so I only make stuff for warmth that's why I choose feltable fibers. I'm about to make a roll brim hat with KP Swish for easy washing. This hat is a gift so that's why I've chosen Swish.
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Baby hats = Cashmerino or Cashsoft DK.

Kid/adult hats = HPY merino 6-ply. It's sooooo soft, knits up fast, and the colors are stunning!
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Plymouth Encore, #1 choice. It's a wool & synthetic blend. Several weights, machine washable and dryable (good when you're making gifts), available many places and in lots of colors.
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My favorite right now is the handpainted baby soft merino I've got on the needles. ^_^ Ask me again when I cast on for the next hat.
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Thanks you guys! I KNEW I'd get some great suggestions.

And janelanespaintbrush I LOVE your little comment in your signature. I have a husband that would do that very same thing! :D

I was toying with the idea of knitting a few but I'm SCARED of the double pointed needles TRYING to knit in the round. I figured I could use the one posted somewhere here that someone was nice enough to share. It looked pretty simple AND it wasn't in the round.

Thanks again for the suggestions everyone!
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Knitting in the round is wonderful! Once you try it, I'm sure you'll like it. Just remember, no matter what, you're only dealing with 2 needles at a time. Even if you've got a set of 5, you're only dealing with 2 at a time. If you need help, there are a million people here just waiting for you to ask.

Hats are addictive. At least they are for me. I get called "the Hat Queen" in my SnB group because I've always got one on the needles. I am with hats like some people are with socks.
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DPNs aren't the only way to do small diameter circular knitting. I like magic loop, and others like using two sets of circular needles. Amy has videos here. I've made several hats and have never used DPNs. (Don't even own any.) Good luck!
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