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Ozark Opulent Hat

by Jill McNeal

Ozark Opulent

This boho mother-daughter hat can be made with or without the pom-pom, and is soft, warm and luxurious. You and your daughter can start together and each knit your own!


Ladies S/M; Child’s M/L; Child’s S/M


1 Skein Ozark Opulent (by Ozark Handspun 50 yds) Name: Mystic
1 Skein Big Baby (by Alpaca with a Twist 82 yds) Color: 5004
(Colors shown are for model)

GAUGE: 12 stitches & 16 rows = 4 inch square

NEEDLES: Size 10 16″ circular, Size 10 double pointed

HELPFUL TOOLS: Ring Marker & Darning Needle

TO BEGIN: Cast-on 55 (51, 47) sts with Ozark

Important Note:

Before joining in the round, make sure all stitches are in a uniform circumference. Place ring marker on right needle (pass ring from round to round).

PART ONE: Brim of Hat
Round 1 thru 9 (8, 7): Moss Stitch All Rounds (knit 1, purl 1. The next round should place knits on top of purls and purls on top of knits)

PART TWO: Body of Hat (all sizes)
Round 1 thru 6: Change to Big Baby & Knit
Round 7 thru 11: Change to Ozark, knit 1st round and Moss Stitch remaining 4 rounds
Rounds 12 thru 15: Change to Big Baby and Knit
Rounds 16 thru 19: Change to Ozark, knit 1st round & Moss Stitch remaining 3 rounds

Next Round(s): Change to Big Baby and knit each round until the hat measures from cast-on round as follows:
Ladies S/M : 7.5 ins;
Child’s M/L: 7 ins;
Child’s S/M: 6.5 ins

PART THREE: Shaping Crown
Woman’s S/M:
Round 1: Knit 9, k 2tog (5 times), 50 sts.
Round 2: Knit 8, k 2tog (5 times), 45 sts.

Child’s M/L:
Round 1: Knit 9, knit 2tog, knit to end (50 sts)
Round 2: Knit 8, k 2tog (5 times), 45 sts.

Child’s S/M: Round 1: Knit 8 knit 2tog, knit 17, knit 2tog, knit to end (45 sts)
Decrease Rounds (All sizes)
Needle Note: When yarn becomes too tight to work on circ. needles, change to dbl pointed
Round 1: Knit 7, k 2tog (5 times) 40 sts.
Round 2: Knit 6, k 2tog (5 times) 35 sts.
Round 3: Knit 5, k 2tog (5 times) 30 sts
Round 4: Knit 4, k 2tog (5 times) 25 sts.
Round 5: Knit 3, k 2tog (5 times) 20 sts.
Round 6: Knit 2, k 2tog (5 times) 15 sts.
Round 7: Knit 1, k 2tog (5times) 10 sts
Cut yarn & run darning needle thru remaining 10 stitches.

Make Pompom:

Cut 4-5 inch length pieces with remaining Ozark yarn. Take 1/2 of pieces and stack together and tie in the middle with a piece of Ozark yarn. Stack remaining length together and lay criss-cross in middle of first stack. Tie stacks together, shake and attach pompom to top of hat. Weave in tails.

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 3, 2011 12:32 PM | 1 Comment

Book Review – Wee Wonderfuls

Wee Wonderfuls
This wonderful book, mentioned in our December 21st blog post, called It’s Nutcracker Season, was reviewed in the Fall 2010 issue of Living Crafts. Here’s the review, excerpted from the same issue:

Wee Wonderfuls
24 Dolls to Sew and Love

By Hillary Lang
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang)
The dolls and animals in this book are very unique. The author lovingly names each of her creations and offers several different original styles all in one book. Refreshing and ultra charming, this one is a keeper and well worth the investment.

Here’s a video on the book:

Please leave a comment here to enter the drawing. Comments will close Thursday, December 30th, 8:00 p.m. EST and the winner announced the following morning.

Update: The winner for the Wee Wonderful book is Tracy Lanzon-Holman:  ”Thanks for offering this book! Hope helpful this would be to my creating. What a wonderful commnity that has developed from your magazine.  Tracy from Guelph, Ontario, Canada”

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 27, 2010 10:09 PM | 200 Comments

Greta Garbo Hat

Greta Garbo Hats

This hat tutorial from annekata is so smart and easy to make. It’s a great project for recycling too.

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 20, 2010 10:12 PM | No Comments


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