Last fall while shopping at JoAnn’s I bought a couple of magazines on impulse. I used to enjoy buying and reading magazines, but the cost of the magazines began to rise and the number of patterns I would actually make from them began decrease. At the same time, the number of ads increased and many of the ads had nothing to do with the type of magazine I was looking at. Needless to say, I stopped purchasing them. That is why it was so surprising that I would actually buy not only one, but two magazines.
In the Creative Knitting Magazine presents Accessorize with Style – Fall 2010, I found the Popcorn Hat by Scarlet Taylor. I thought it was a really cute hat that would look good on everyone. The first hat I made turned out huge! The pattern recommended size US 8 needles and casting on 121 stitches. I loved the yarn and color, but I ended up frogging it.
I tried again using the same yarn, Patons Decor in New Teal – 75% acrylic/25% wool, using size US 6 needles and casting on 99 stitches. The finished size is 9″H x 8″W. I used 2 1/2 oz. yarn. It is a much better fit and is probably perfect for most heads, but I like my hats to fit a little tighter and so do my girls.
For my next hat I used Lion Brand Wool Ease in Cranberry – 80% acrylic/20% wool, using size US 5 needles casting on 99 stitches. The finished size is 8 1/2″H x 6 1/2″W. I used a total of 2 1/8 oz. yarn. A perfect fit! I love this hat. I wanted to keep it for myself, but I made it with my daughter in mind and knew it was just the right color and perfect fit for her.
I liked the hat so much I made one for myself in black using Naturally Caron-Country, – 75% acrylic/25% merino wool, using size US 5 needles and casting on 99 stitches. The finished size is 8 1/2″H x 6″W. I used a total of 2 3/8 oz. yarn.
This pattern is not for the beginning knitter. I hope my notes are a help to those of you who are interested in making it too. I know I’m glad I did.