If you follow me on Instagram (or other social media), you’ll probably remember the mystery knit-a-long I posted for free last December, as a holiday gift to followers – the pattern was this Insta-hat, and those original Instagram posts still exist (links are on the ravelry and leethalknits pages).
The brand new PDF is re-written to be easier to follow (as a normal pattern instead of split into mystery KAL posts), extra sizing info added, some embellishment options added, new photos were taken, it was professionally tech edited… So now it’s a high quality normal for-sale pattern, but the price is extra low ($4) since it’s an upgrade of the existing free Instagram pattern.
The hat is a quick knit, in bulky weight, with easy lace repeat patterns – it’s a good adventurous beginner level pattern, or it’s a fun fast knit for more advance knitters. It can knit up in 1-2 nights no problem, for most (depends how you are with bulky yarn, of course, but it’s definitely a relatively quick knit).
It is interesting enough to look cool in plain yarns, but simple enough to work with variegated, so it’s a good way to use up any skein of bulky you may have in your stash. My samples are in madelinetosh A.S.A.P.:
Patons Classic Wool Bulky, plus handspun embellishment:
Punta Yarns Flame Handpainted (discontinued yarn), which is super bulky weight for an extra dense gauge:
Hand-dyed recycled yarn (made by me), a light-ish bulky weight for a more loose gauge:
And that extra big version works nicely with the brim folded under, for a warmer hat and a different style:
This hat is written in 3 circumference sizes, and a range of heights, so you can make it fitted to your head and more or less tall for slouch or a fitted top, as you like. Detailed sizing info, and sizes/measurements of all the samples, are included in the new pdf.
And instructions for how I did the woven yarn embellishment are given in the pdf, if you like that:
This hat works well with a big pom-pom, especially if you make it slouchy!
Here’s an instagram shot I really like, from back when I first made this sample:
Last year when I designed this, I’d only meant to make a couple samples, but I ended up making four because it was such a fast, fun knit, I just kept going, “ooh but it would look so good in this yarn too!” and making another, then another. It would make an excellent last-minute gifting pattern – make one for each member of your family!
So that’s Insta-hat. Click here to ravelry where you can browse lots of versions by other knitters! If you like it, consider using the new PDF version instead of the Instagram posts; it will be easier to knit from, and also I’d be very appreciative of you supporting my work :)
In other news, to go with my release of the newly updated Remixed patterns, I’ve just released a poster of the Remixed artwork! You can learn more about these drawings in this blog post; I added color to the knitted accessories for the poster:
Lastly, just want to let you know that the 3 upcoming Triyang collection patterns are coming along nicely! Here are peeks at all 3, the colorwork, lace, and cabled designs (badly lit, sorry – Portland is gloooomy today!):
You can find the Triyang collection for pre-order on ravelry here or on leethalknits.com here – like all my other patterns, if you buy it by this Sunday, half will be donated to charity. You’ll get the Triyang pattern immediately, and these 3 patterns in a few weeks. Details about the collection are on my blog here. I’m pretty excited about it!