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10/31/2009 12:08:38 PM
kellygirl
kellygirl
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I`m a miserable hat knitter. Mom wants a hat that she can wear walking that won`t smoosh down her pixie hair. I made her an Urchin (Ysolda,) le Slouch (Wendy Bernard) and a felted bucket hat but none of them are great at keeping her ears warm. Any suggestion? Classic Elite had a toque pattern in a lopi style yarn. Is that the ticket? Any and all suggestions welcome.
10/31/2009 12:15:12 PM
Guest
Guest
What about Calorimetry! It`s not truly a hat but a headband that is easily made and won`t really flatten the hair down to badly.

I love mine:-)
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/calorimetry
10/31/2009 12:23:10 PM
vamanta
vamanta
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Kelly, I don`t want my curly non-hat hair smooshed either so I wear earwarmers, knit in the round like big head band or with a prov CO and kitchenered. Working up a big cable patterned one now in bulky yarn. The key is to have the ears well-covered. I also wear cowls, that can be scarves when not so cold but I can pull up over my head (under the hood of my coat too) when it`s windy etc. But if it`s a hat she wants, I can recommend the "Bella La Push" hat on Rav (free patt)which is moss st in bulky yarn so very warm but doesn`t fit tight like a toque. It`s been popular for the hair-obsessed teens in my family.

Good luck!
Joan
10/31/2009 12:33:24 PM
kellygirl
kellygirl
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Thanks, Diane, I made one of those too but she`s all of 95 lbs soaking wet and needs more warmth. DD`s loved theirs (I copied you.) Of course, they are nowhere to be found right now.
10/31/2009 12:37:49 PM
kellygirl
kellygirl
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Thanks, Joan, I`m off to look at the Bella. It sounds perfect! I thought I could upsize the Toque since it looked rather hair smushing in the photo. I think I`ll make her a denser cowl too. I tend to favor the lacy ones and I think they`re too drafty for serious warmth. We don`t get snow here but we do get some bitter, cold winds.
10/31/2009 1:25:48 PM
CatBookMom
CatBookMom
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Take a look at the La-La-Love-You cowl (http://tinyurl.com/yfcb4n2) at Ravelry. I`ve made a couple of them; the pattern has limited yarnovers creating the heart motif, so it`s a dense fabric. The ones I`ve just made are short, so not long enough for pulling up over your head, but you`d just need to add more rows.

Honestly, I didn`t know it was possible to wear a warm hat and not get hat-head.
10/31/2009 1:38:00 PM
Les
Les
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Hi Kelly - If I am worrying about hat head, I wear a headband. I made one in cream baby cash following the cable band of this hat http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTcoronet.html
I used two strands of the baby cash. I like it.
I also used two strands of the cream baby cash for the Dean Street Hat. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dean-street-hat
I like it as it is so nice and light knit with the baby cash (2 strands again). Must make another as my friend borrowed it and won`t give it back!
Have fun!
Les
10/31/2009 2:26:27 PM
bets
bets
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Kelly-You aren`t a miserable hat knitter. As an ex-GI, I`ll let you in on a big secret. The more rigid the hat, the less hat-head you are going to get.

Quant or Calorie(bluh bluh however you spell it) are good for not messing short hair up.

Look for a rigid hat OR a headband style. They`re easier for short hair.
10/31/2009 2:42:48 PM
kellygirl
kellygirl
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That`s a great looking cowl, CBM! I`m going to queue it up. Thanks!
10/31/2009 2:46:19 PM
kellygirl
kellygirl
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Great ideas, Les! I love that you use BC since I have several balls in stash and doubled, I bet that will go fast. Pretty sure I have pewter or starlight blue. Thanks! I knew I could count on you guys for ideas!
10/31/2009 2:49:26 PM
kellygirl
kellygirl
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Roger dodger, Bets! I like Quant a lot but not for mom. Baby sized entrelac is right up my alley. Thanks!
11/1/2009 6:34:32 PM
suzann
suzann
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Don`t feel bad Kelly, I just bought a winter hat at J C
Penneys. How bad is that.
I have a cowl done in a lacy pattern. Very pretty, but not much help when the wind blows. I found this cowl at Ravelry that might be warmer. I might give this one a try.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/accordion-cowl-hood#

suzann
11/1/2009 7:59:11 PM
kellygirl
kellygirl
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Thanks, Suzann! I queued the accordian cowl too. One of these things oughta do the trick! My last resort will be a trip to Penney`s :)
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