Tuesday, 5 August 2014


hot on the heels of double scoop (which sat at the number one spot on ravelry's "hot right now" list for  the whole past weekend - wow!), here's an older pattern which i'm finally releasing…

oh, haiiii there!
meet flopster, your new favourite multi-season floppy hat!

fyi: it was 30 degrees when i took these photos. i put on shirt, hat, socks, and shoes for you folks. you're welcome.

flopster has been my go-to pattern now for about a year. it's the perfect basic design (with three inches of ribbing!) for a comfortable, well-fitting worsted weight hat that is cozy enough for spring, fall, cooler summer nights (especially if you end up hiking in the mountains), and most of winter, even brutal canadian prairie ones. i usually switch to a thrummed hat at the -40 degrees celsius mark, to be fair, but before that, you're golden.

photo courtesy of stuart window.
flopster is the absolute best for stashbusting and being a blank slate for fun colourwork experiments. i have pages of graph paper with various choice words charted out. one of my very first flopsters, actually, was this "cunt" version, which i made for a very dear friend who loves the word as much as i do. i'd promised them a hat years ago after we'd met while chanting the word at a rally, and it took me a while, but i think the hat was totally worth the wait in the end. 

of course, you can also do not-swearing versions of colourwork, or just busting as much yarn as possible (my own hat last winter when i had even less money than i do now and a stash of worsted weight remnants from various sweater projects), or adding adorable patches to them. this fox was a patch i found during my uk travels, and was the perfect addition to a warm handmade (now very belated - it'll be delivered this week) holiday gift for my favourite mr. fox. 

flopster is available for download from my ravelry and etsy stores for $4.50. as the seasons slowly start to change and school supply sales descend upon us, it's the perfect quick knit to have ready for that first chilly evening by the fire.

i am an overheated gremlin...
yarn yardages: about 45g, or 100 yards/91m of worsted weight yarn
needles: 4.5mm/US 7 (either 16"/40cm circulars PLUS dpns OR long enough circulars for magic loop)

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