The yarn makes the hat

Purl Bee Simple Rib Hat in Worsted Twist

I don’t have much to say about this hat other than it’s the most purely pleasurable knitting experience I’ve had lately. You know how sometimes your days are so fast-paced and jam-packed that all you want to do before bed is cast on some stitches and knit mindlessly in a spiral for a little while? That’s me at the end of last week. A stockinette hat was sounding like the knitting version of a long, hot bath, and I’ve had my eye on the Purl Bee’s Simple Rib Hat pattern since it first posted.* I also have a nice little stash of Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist, which they sent me a few weeks ago, and I thought this hat would be the perfect “swatch” to try it out with. Man, was that a good idea.

This yarn is magnificent: soft but structured, beautifully plied, and so well behaved you can hardly believe it. (The photo above is of the unblocked hat.) I’m eager to see how it takes to cables and such, but the thing about a plain hat like this is that all of the pressure is on the yarn. The finished piece will be exactly as dull or special as the yarn is, and the Worsted Twist is way over at the special end.


*I hadn’t knitted this particular hat before, but I did borrow the tassel for a baby hat last year.

7 thoughts on “The yarn makes the hat

  1. This is EXACTLY the hat my oldest (adult) son requested for Christmas – deep blue and simple. And you also speak to something I’ve been mulling over of late (hats being my thing and all.) Spending a good deal of my spare time on Ravelry and spin off designer sights, its easy for me to fall in love with patterns. However, I’ve taken to also checking out the projects “regular” knitters produce from the pattern. Sometimes that’s a very different “look” from the beautiful model’s version. Sometimes its the pattern. Often its the yarn.
    I’m learning! And I think I’ll head over to Purl Bee…

  2. That is so pretty! Love the simplicity.

    I have been wondering about that Purl Worsted and now you have me drooling for some. Thanks a lot! ;-)

  3. Looks lovely! I had seen the Purl Bee yarn but I wasn’t inspired by their pictures (it made the yarn look kind of ‘fuzzy’ to me which I’m not a fan of). This image with your hat is making me give it a second thought. :)

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