Hats off to Summer…

Nautilus Hat 1


I admit that I have a terrible case of startitist.  It’s not new for me.  So many beautiful patters come on the market every day and it’s so hard to pick just one and stick with it.  I have at least 2 grey sweaters on the needles, two tank tops, two pairs of socks, 1 green short-sleeved sweater for summer and new this hat.

In defense of casting of for this hat:

1.  The yarn came from my stash.  So bonus.  Cost:  $0

2.  My mom pays for the subscription to Interweave Knits as part of my Christmas gift every year.  Cost:  $0

3.  That basically makes this a free hat…shut up.  It’s the logic I’m using.  Don’t look too closely and keep it moving folks.


The pattern calls for Cascade Heritage Silk (Fingering weight, 4 ply, 85% Merino Wool & 15% Silk).  I didn’t have a full skein of that in my stash but I do have ton of fingering weight yarn in my stash.  Most of it’s sock yarn and most of it’s luxury yarn.  I love cashmere.  I have a problem.  Eventually I want to knit myself a cashmere fingering weight sweater, but I digress.

Nautilus Hat 2

It took me about two seconds after seeing this hat in the Summer 2014 Issue of Interweave Knits to know that I had the perfect yarn in my stash to knit this.  And as an added bonus, almost the exact same color too.  I pulled out a skein of Sincere Sheep Cushy (Fingering weight, 4 ply, 80% merino, 10% nylon & 10% cashmere).  I’m not sure what color this is since the band wasn’t marked with a color but it’s an off white/cream color.  It’s so beautiful and so amazingly soft.

I don’t knit a lot of hats because I prefer to knit with wool but wool is so hard on my face.  I can wear it fine on the rest of my body but my forehead hates it.  It itches and I will scratch myself raw.  Who wants a raw forehead?  Let me tell you it’s not attractive, not at all.  But this yarn is so soft.  I’ve tried the hat on numerous times and it’s so comfortable, I’m looking forward to being able to wear it camping as soon as possible…not that I have any camping trips planned anytime soon.  Maybe one for next month but at this point, nothing I can really call as solid plan.

The Nautilus Hat spirals around and around for over 8 inches before you begin the decreases.  It’s a very easy to memorize pattern and makes for great TV knitting.  I cannot wait to be able to wear this hat.  Hopefully it looks as nice on me as it does on the model.

What are your summer knitting projects?

Anyone participating in The Summer Sweater Knit Along hosted by Nice and Knit?


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