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Archive for September 6th, 2006

Fruit Hat Class at Rae’s *Thursday Night* (Today?)

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Ann Norling Fruit Hat knit by LynnHI am offering a one-session class at Rae’s Yarn Boutique: Ann Norling Fruit Hat (link takes you to the class page at Rae’s website, which lists yarn requirements, etc). It is the cutest, most fun thing ever. Class time/date is Thursday night at 6:30pm, which might be *today* depending on when you are reading this. Yes, I’m clearly behind in my class promotion. I don’t have a secretary, of course, and I got behind with nobody to take up the slack. Sigh...

There are other cute hats out there for kids. There are other *fruit* hats. But this pattern is amazing. It is simple, makes a statement from a distance, is not fussy. It is so well-planned that the pattern (with two variations for seeds in colorwork or knit/purl texture) fiAnn Norling Fruit Hat knit by LynnHts on two sides of one page. And it’s easy to read, easy to knit. It’s just a wonderful thing. I can finish one in a day. Fun, fun, fun!

No, you do not need to know how to knit with two colors on a row. I’ll teach that. This is a great project for learning two-colored knitting since it does not need to be stretchy or flat when done. You do not have to do the little green seeds like the one shown here, you can do it with a plain color hat with only leaves. You can also substitute a little purl detail instead of the color, for the hint of seeds without the extra yarn.

April and Isabel in Fruit HatNo, you do not need to know how to knit in a circle. You can do most of this on a 16″ circular needle which is easy to handle, and I will show you how to join “without twisting” (which may be the most mysterious phrase in modern patterns). And when we get to the very top and use double points, I will be there to help you learn any part of that which may have confused you if you tried it alone. After all, that is what taking a class is for.

Makena in her hatI have knit this hat many times for friends who had babies. Sometimes I get requests for a replacement when the first one is outgrown. Considering how little yarn and time it takes, I count that as about the most perfect gift I could make for a child.

The class is definitely going to happen, but there is room for someone (or two) to join us. Please consider just that!

Photos: 1) Hat for Mandy’s baby, 2) Hat for Isabel (lightened up a bit), 3) Isabel wearing her hat at about 6 months old. My, she has grown a bit since then! 4) Makena in her second hat, her first was pink.