12 Knits to Gift: The Windschief Hat
For the Dad who "doesn't need anything" but deserves everything
It's hard to believe how quickly these last few weeks have gone! We're definitely crunched for time now, and I know some of you are stressed. Hanukkah has already begun, and Christmas is only 2 weeks away! Since we're nearing our deadlines, the last 5 projects in this series are small accessories that could be finished in time. So keep calm!
#8 of our 12 Knits series is my personal favorite go-to hat pattern. The Windschief Hat by Stephen West is great unisex design that I've knit a few times now, and although it isn't as basic as a plain stockinette cap- it is still easy to knit and works up quickly with any worsted weight yarn. There are a few "intermediate" techniques that you'd need to be familiar with (knitting in the back loop, M1L, K2tog, K3tog), but once you're an inch or two into main pattern- you'll already have it memorized.
The Royal Alpaca is a gorgeous choice for this hat, and ended up being my favorite version out of the few I've completed. You only need 1 skein, and there are a lot of handsome colors to choose from. The color I chose is the Coal. Besides being crazy super soft (do I snuggle the hat? or wear it?), the yarn is also incredibly light and airy for a worsted weight. The Royal Alpaca Windschief is light-as-a-feather, but still very warm and insulating. I also like how the Royal Alpaca fluffs up, and has a sweet halo that adds to the softness, but doesn't overwhelm the stitch pattern.
Twisted stitches create a tight and unexpected texture around the brim, and just a section of the ribbed brim spirals up in an asymmetrical design towards the tip of the crown. Stockinette serves as a blank background for the twisted stitches to really stand out and show off.
One of the great things about the Windschief pattern, is that it is actually a 2 in 1 deal. The hat comes with instructions for a matching cowl. Admittedly, I haven't moved on past knitting the hats, but the cowl seems like a nice size and also has the fun slanted twisted rib design.
Just to share, I also made this hat out of 1 skein of the Lost Coast Worsted Weight! Unfortunately, this yarn is almost completely sold out. As of writing this blog post- we literally only have 2 skeins left. They both happen to be the same colorway that I used, Cochineal (although they are a bit darker and more saturated than the pink-purple skein I had). If you like it, you might want to jump on it before they're gone for good!