This past weekend things started to get really festive around here. I went to Urban Craft Uprising and picked out a bunch of Christmas cards. I helped my friends carry home a little Christmas tree. We decorated my own Christmas tree and cut out paper snowflakes. And I finally photographed my holiday hat pattern!


Meet Fandangle, a kitschy stocking cap covered with ornament motifs. Stocking caps aren’t exactly trendy, but every time I watched A Christmas Story last year, I found myself wanting a retro stocking cap, so I made sure that I’d have one for this year. Once I had the shape in mind, I started flipping through my books for some colorwork inspiration, and I fell in love with some stylized snowflakes and ornaments in 1950s holiday ads. I doodled up some colorwork charts based on those images, and I was ready to knit my hat!


For the main color of the hat, I used Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool in the Devilish Grin colorway. The variegation and complexity of that yarn adds a nice depth to the hat and makes it a little more unique. For the solid-colored, deep, moss stitch brim and colorwork, I used Cascade 220 Sport. I used the remaining Cascade 220 Sport to makes a nice fluffy pompom to top things off. I knit the whole hat using US 5/3.75 mm circular needles.


The hat comes in three sizes with 20, 24, and 28 inch brim circumferences. It’s meant to be worn with some positive ease so it has that floppy, cozy, over-sized look to it, and my hat is the 24 inch size. Fandangle is $5, and you can get the pattern on Ravelry or in the Untangling Knots shop. As a special present for the holidays, if you’ve bought Untangling Knots patterns before, Fandangle is free when you use the coupon code FANDANGLE14 when you check out on Ravelry this month.

P.S. Fit book reviews will be back next Tuesday. This week’s book didn’t get shipped in time for today.


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