Pillar Parade Hat

May 19, 2023

Hello! I have a new knitted hat to share today, knit by me for me, but my grandson was kind enough to stand underneath the wisteria and be my adorable model.  The hat is knit is DK weight and as it's a hat it doesn't take much yardage and was knit using scraps that I already had on hand. 
The pattern comes in five sizes, baby to XL adult and can be made three ways, with either a beanie or with a pixie peak or a slouch. I actually loved the pixie peak but my yarn was too soft and drapy and so slouch it is. If you want a peak, I think a yarn with more body would work best. Make sure you look through the tester's project pages as there are many great variations. The colorwork is created with slipped stitches working only one color per row, so super easy. I think it's so pretty and love the long columns of static infused color. 

For the colored columns I used Barrett and Co Woolens and Brooklyn Tweed Loft.
Both of the above are sport weight yarns, but I can get a DK gauge easily.
The charcoal is Shibui Haven, now discontinued.

I'm so happy with these pictures but the truth is, Carter does not like to model for me all that much. When he was little I would just dress him in the sweater and we'd walk in the garden and I'd follow him around, snap snap snap, ask him to show me things, more snaps, until a few minutes later I'd have dozens of great pictures. Then he got older and started to figure out what I was doing so I'd distract him with a cookie, and snap snap snap, more cute pictures. But now it takes cold hard cash, plus a tip (which he deserved because he was super sweet about it all and took his job very seriously, looking to the right, looking to the left, all on cue).  So that's what it takes now and I don't mind giving him a few dollars for a five minute job and it was very nice doing business with him. After all, he had to change his shirt and wash his face and remove himself from his activity, so fair is fair. You might have noticed that I don't knit for him much anymore. The time has come when he doesn't want to wear hand knits no matter how soft and comfy they are.  At school he wears a uniform, and on weekends he likes to wear his Spiderman tees and Sonic hoodies. Sigh. I knew it would happen, but I was hoping to get another year of hand knitted adorableness! I asked him if he'd like me to knit him a vest, hat and a sweater at Christmastime and he very enthusiastically said YES! I think he felt a little sorry for me. 😏

In case you missed my wisteria post, below are some pictures. It was amazing this year. The flower racemes kept growing and were actually brushing the ground. It's a great year for wisteria, and roses too. Rose post coming soon. 

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  1. You're story is so funny, and trust me, having to bribe/pay kids is OK in my book! I'm very sorry you won't be knitting sweaters for him much anymore. Your pattern choices and colors and the way you style children's knits is so inspiring. Maybe when he's a little older he'll realize what an awesome knitter his grandma is and he'll even start requesting some hand knits. One can hope!

    1. Oh good, I'm glad you agree. Recently we started paying him for little chores and tasks as he is saving up for some toy of some sort and has a glass jar filled with coins and one dollar bills. I told him he should start saving for a car!

      And yes, one can only hope that he'll start loving hand knits again. Sniff sniff.

  2. It’s sad but true once they start school they aren’t “yours” anymore, right? Suddenly there is peer pressure, herd mentality, etc. - very disconcerting, as I recall. But look at all the good business practices you are teaching him! Maybe a “cool” sweater when he is a teenager? Chloe

    1. At this age you absolutely want them to pick out their own clothes and show budding independence, but it's definitely bittersweet! Yep, something he considers cool and I'm ready with needles in hand!

  3. Your wisteria is out of this world beautiful! Give Carter a raise!!!!


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