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WIP Wednesday: A Hat for Dad’s Head (a How To)

Hi folks!

Sport- und Strumpfwolle_anthrazit

Although this summer isn’t very typical so far, a couple of family birthdays are rapidly approaching, which means that we’re celebrating my dad’s, my grandfather’s and my sister’s birthday soon!

My dad is one of the few members of my family who haven’t received anything knit yet since I started knitting about three years ago. The reason for this is mainly that he doesn’t like to wear woolen socks (my speciality) or scarves, and that he never requested anything. Because I love my father and I really want to knit something for him, I finally spoke to my mum and asked for a possible knit birthday gift. “Dad really doesn’t wear woolen socks, righ?”

“No. But he DOES like to wear hats, and we’re going on holiday this year again …”

Ah, yes. Perfect. My parents are going on holiday this autumn, to Denmark. My family loves Scandinavia, my parents often went camping there before they had us. I think they have seen every Scandinavian country, except Finland, and loved every single one of it.

So, a hat. A manly hat, nothing too fancy and – of course – in gray or black. Now, if you ever want to knit a hat for your dad as a birthday surprise present, here’s how to do it:

1.) Ask your mother about whether or not a hat would be a good gift for your dad, while you’re mentally already at your LYS, picking out yarn.

2.) Take the shop assistance’ advice and buy two beautiful balls of Regia Silk in a dark anthracit colour (part silk, part merino, part nylon), because it’s soft and lovely.

Regia Silk 01

3.) Pick a pattern that doesn’t give any gauge, but simply tells you to “cast on 160sts on 2,5mm needles”.

4.) Spend 2-3 days doubting, pondering and arguing whether you should just follow instructions or play safe and get your father’s head circumfence, even if you’ve got no clue how to do that without him noticing.

5.) Speak to your mother and let her dig out a woolen hat with MASSIVE stretch that makes it impossible to wipe out all doubts. Tell your mother about that and she will offer to search for a baseball cap she can measure out.

6.) Call your grandmother and get your granddad’s head measurement taken. (60cm). Do this in the evening, shortly before the start of a soccer worldcup game.

7.) Start knitting based on your grandfather’s head circumfence, drowning out the little voice telling your that it was wiser to wait until your mum can provide exact information.

Hat for Dad's Head 01

8.) Knit a pair of sneaker socks made out of scrap yarn.

9.) Receive a call from your mother telling you that she found a baseballcap your father loves to wear and has measured it out. Head circumfence is 63cm.

10.) Rip out everything you have done so far. Swear.

11.) Consider giving your dad the wool and taking his head circumfence so your can knit he hat according to size.

12.) Decide that’s lame.

13.) Start knitting with the yarn for a while. Realise that the yarn BLEEDS LIKE MAD and that your fingertips look like they have been dipped in black ink and that the dye won’t come off easily.

14.) Briefly consider continuing and hoping that washing will solve the problem.

15.) Lovingly think about your father looking like a panda bear every time he takes off the hat.

16.) Decide that this is probably not as funny in real life as in your imagination.

17.) Reach an epiphany and look up the yarn on ravelry.

18.) Learn that the yarn has got a REALLY bad reputation for pilling and not washing well.

19.) Spend half of an evening and half a morning searching for the receit you bought the yarn with. FAIL.

20.) Go to your LYS after work and exchange the unused ball for two balls of standard sock yarn in anthracit and one ball of yarn in yellow.

21.) Try to cast on the correct number of sts (based on your gauge 184sts instead of 160) a couple of times.

22.) Knit a pair of yellow sneaker socks.

23.) Start knitting the hat with the gray sock yarn, all the while hoping and keeping your thumbs pressed that the hat will fit and won’t be too scratchy.


So far, I have knit 6cm of k2,p2 ribbing. Pattern says that you can make the ribbing as long as you like but suggests to knit about 20cm so the cuff can be folded up until you start the decreases.

Only 14cm to go!

This is gonna be such a fun project …

Hat for Dad's Head 02

Have a great day! Take care!





12 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday: A Hat for Dad’s Head (a How To)

  1. While I don’t know how to knit (and I very much would like to learn how to), I find this post interesting and funny! I just want to say this is a great post. Have a nice day! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your comment, that’s so sweet!

      Knitting is easy to learn! All you need is some wool and some needles! You don’t even have to start of with a scarf – some people do dishcloths (or potholders) to get a faster result! If you don’t have a yarn shop anywhere near you you can always use youtube videos, if you’re a visual learner. And maybe there’s a local knitting group in town you could go to? knitters are usually a very friendly bunch. 🙂

      I do hope you have an amazing day, too! Thank you for taking the time to comment and stopping by. 🙂

      • Sure thing! If you have any questions or need help, just give me a shout! 😀 Also, use ravelry.com and register! It’s a HUGE community for knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners … it’s amazing. and you can learn a TON and get free patterns and meet people i your area and and and … 🙂

      • I actually have a question 😀
        If I were to buy yarn and some tools (do you call it a needle?) for knitting? What would you suggest I buy? Nothing fancy, and nothing expensive. Just the basic tools, I guess? Because I have a habit of abandoning things when I get frustrated with them (just things, not people).

      • You’re very welcome! Yes, the tools for knitting is called needle. There are circular needles (two knitting needles joined by a cable), “regular” knitting needles and double pointed needles (DPNs). DPNs are usually sold in packets of 5 or 6, they are for sock knitting or knitting in the round in general.

        If I were you, I’d buy some circular needles, because you can knit round and straight things on them. buy an average thick one (maybe 4mm?) and some yarn that works with it – when you buy wool, a suggestion for the needle size is on the ball band. Just ask in your LYS and they’ll help you out! For dishcloths or potholders, cotton is very good; if you want to knit a scarf, I’d chose wool or acrylic (acrylic is cheaper and VERY warm of course. Plus, it can usually be washed at high temperatures).

        Another solution would be sock yarn, because it’s so versatile, but then, it takes longer to knit something big and that CAN be frustrating. therefore: A bit larger that isn’t too fiddly would hopefully suit you fine. 😀

  2. Haha, yes this sounds about right. Gift knitting a hat seems like such a simple, good idea until you realise how difficult it is to find out how big the recipient’s head is. I did one last year, it involved lots of staring, trying to work out if his head looked bigger than normal, and eventually locking myself in recipient’s bathroom with a hat I stole off the peg to measure it in peace.

    Fingers crossed it turns out well and not-scratchy!

    • Thank you SO much for your comment! I’m really glad I’m not the only one having this problem … 😉 Had to laugh so much when I imagined you in that bathroom, frantically measuring out the hat and then trying to sneak it back on the peg again … 😉

      I DO HOPE now that the hat will fit; I used the Twisted German Cast on (for the first time) and it really gives a lot of stretch. I’ll let Philipp try it on and then keep my thumbs pressed … Have a great day! 😀

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