Hats in Hot Weather; Giveaway

Several of my favorite things to do….

This is how I’ve been spending time of late… Yes, that’s right. I’m knitting hats. In the summer.

Hats are ideal summer knitting, for a number of reasons: they are small and very portable, easy to throw into your beach bag or suitcase. And hats are mostly plain and simple knitting, which means they are well suited to knitting in the car on a roadtrip, or by the soft light of an evening campfire, or while distracted talking to friends or enjoying a frosty beverage.

Yes, that’s right. Hats. Woolly hats. Several of them.

Hats are also excellent summer knitting because you know you will be ready the moment the weather takes a turn for the worse.

If you’re so inclined, we have a giveaway for you, for a pack of yarn to make the beautiful Anja Beret, from our First Fall issue.

The prize comprises 2 skeins of Quince & Co. Chickadee, with a value of $14.40.

Ready for cold weather in style!

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly s/he will win our prize. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.

Thanks much to Quince & Co. for the prize.

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424 thoughts on “Hats in Hot Weather; Giveaway

  1. Carmen

    I love fair isle! I didn’t do so well in my first attempt, but I’m ready to try tackling it again. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Alane

    I’ve just cast on a hat for all those same reasons. Alas, there a few mistakes, so I will call this swatching and start it again. I’ve been wondering about the Quince & Co, and would love to give it a try.

  3. beth

    I’ve been admiring this hat, but busy with other projects. Would love to win it! In the middle of a drought here (& so hot), so hats are a good thing to be making here!

  4. JonelB

    Go figure I’ve been knitting a lot too, usually hats and baby sweaters.
    My sister’s expecting on December 15th, still can’t tell the gender, but luckily I picked out a bunch of sale yarns from knitpicks a while back that were on sale and gender-neutral.
    So far I have like 6 hats, 2 sweaters, a few pairs of handcovers, and I’m working on the 3rd blanket.
    I’ll probably just take a photo of all that I’ve knitted up right before I give it to her.

  5. angie s.

    Well, I love hats, and I love Chickadee. What could be a better combo, except maybe that frosty brew.

  6. Sarah

    I’ve got lots of young adults on my gift list who would love this hat. Fingers crossed.

  7. Anna Marie

    I like hats and socks for summer knitting, and it’d be wonderful to add that one to my queue!

  8. Claudia Horner

    I have been wanting to try knitting with chickadee — the colors look so enticing! I am swimming against the tide on this subject and knitting a bulky vest with a ruffled neckline, the Winter Jasmine pattern from Tree Knitter Patterns. I thought it would be a quick knit so that fell into my idea of summer knitting! Thanks as always for the interesting posts!

  9. Seanna Lea

    I love hats and socks for all sorts of warm weather knitting, but admittedly I’m cold even in the heat of summer so I’ve been knitting shawls and cardigans this summer!

  10. Rachel S

    This is a beautiful pattern – I’d have to do without the pompom though. But that’s just me.

  11. sillylittlelady

    that’s such a cute hat and I love the color combination! I also totally agree on hat knitting for summer – quick projects are great for mobile knitting!

  12. Barb

    I love these slouchy beret style hats. My daughter-in-law, nieces and the young woman I hope will soon be a daughter-in-law all love them as gifts.

  13. Theresa

    I love me some Quince and Co.! I went all the way to Portland to squish it, and fell madly in love.

    Great give away!

  14. Veronica

    I agree, hats/socks are very easy to take along anywhere, doctor’s office, emergency room, library…I could go on and on…

  15. Monica

    Good to know that I am not the only one knitting winter accessories (mittens in my case). I would love to bring home Quince yarn. Love it! Thanks for the opportunity.

  16. Sylvie

    I’ve been meaning to make a new hat since last fall, and this sure would be a nice one to make.

  17. tara

    Ooh, I would love to try out the Quince & Co yarns! I haven’t had the opportunity to see them in person yet!

  18. Dawn

    Beautiful! I love Quince & Co yarns, but I haven’t had the chance to work with Chickadee yet. Fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

  19. Amanda

    I for one can never have enough socks, but I’m working on two hats for Christmas presents!

  20. Sarah

    Lovely hat! I’ve been trying to convince myself that I need to try colorwork, and that I should start with something smaller and not too finicky about size – ie hats rather than socks or sweater. Also, I love the idea of yarn named Chickadee.

  21. Allie

    Oh I’m in love with that hat. I’m also knitting hats as well. Plus socks. And trying to finish a baby blanket that I’m pretty sure will never end…..

  22. Pam

    I continue to qualify for the drawings . . . And I’d love to try Quince & co yarn — hope I get the chance I’m knitting a laptop cover now – then a hat, I think.

  23. Liz

    What a great hat! I’ve never knitted with Quince & Co before, but I’ve always wanted to!

  24. Reb

    I agree! Knitting something large, while holding it up high enough so it won’t touch me, is a gauge nightmare. Hats, on the other hand . . .

  25. Cassandra

    The hat looks lovely – would be great to win the yarn – thanks for having a giveaway πŸ™‚

  26. olwyn

    Oh I really really like Quince Chickadee yarn. I’m making a sweater in it right now (Rhombi pattern in honey colour). Hmmmmm. A matching hat would be nice….

  27. Kristen

    Would love to win this! Quince & Co. is so nice to knit with. I’ve made a cardigan, a sweater, and a baby blanket with another sweater waiting in the wings.

  28. Maryanne

    I knit a lot of hats. They’re a small commitment of time, and no matter how bad they come out, someone always loves them. This hat would be a great pattern to try out my new pom-pon maker!

  29. Lauren

    So many color combos are possible for this hat! It looks like a great pattern to pair with a vest when the weather starts to turn.

  30. Jessica

    I just made a hat too. Gotta make hats in the summer so you have them on hand for the fall!

  31. Sarah

    Oh, that’s lovely! Looks like a good first outing for a colorwork n00b. Currently plugging away at hats myself, for Ravellenics.

  32. Marielle

    I love knitting hats πŸ™‚ You could pick me up, this would be a good choice for a winner πŸ˜‰

  33. ChiLibrarian

    I’d love to win the hat kit. I’ve been making mittens in the heat. I never have enough pairs in the winter.

  34. Cris

    Would love to try the Quince & Co, yarn. Haven’t seen or been able to feel it yet as I live in a yarn store desert.

  35. Ardosa

    I love the red and grey hat above!
    and I too am a hat-in-warm-weather knitter. I have a few queued up to go once I finish the baby blanket that needs attention before a little one comes.

  36. Rosemary Riveter

    I have been knitting hats all through the hot Southern California weather – and we haven’t seen the worst of the heat yet! I haven’t tried Quince & Co. yarn yet, but would love the opportunity.

  37. Mary Anne

    I’ve been obsessed with hat-knitting this summer as well! This one is lovely. Thanks for the chance to win some of that wonderful Quince yarn.

  38. Susan

    Love this hat. I have been looking through all my hat patterns lately in anticipation of the changing seasons.

  39. Jamie

    I haven’t tried this wool yet, so I’d love to get it!

    Coincidentally, I knit a pair of mittens in similar colors and pattern in a Beth Brown-Reinsel class some years back. They are my go-to handcovers when it is too cold for fingerless gloves.

  40. Brenda Wheaton

    I, too, have been knitting hats this summer. Mine are for Xmas gifts. It is too hot here in Va. to work on sweaters, so this is the perfect project.

  41. Aunt Marti

    I’m knitting Hats for Sailors for my Ravellenic Games challenge, one hat per day. I’m having fun trying out all kinds of new yarns!

  42. Christine

    Summer is short! Hats are where it’s at! Lovely yarn. Great pattern. Very inspiring.

  43. Sandy

    I love knitting hats for charity in infant to adult sizes.
    Great project to take wherever you go.
    Beautiful hat! Thanks for the contest.

  44. Rachel R.

    I knit hats all year round – they are my favorite thing to knit! I have not, however, branched out into colorwork in a hat (or really much at all) and would love to try!

  45. Beth

    I’m knitting a sweater. It is a bit of a challenge to keep up any momentum on it in the heat.

  46. rebecca

    this pattern looks great! (love the thought of knitting hats, on a deck, with a cold beer nearby). Would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. Jo-ann

    Its cold weather here in Australia. Perfect knitting weather for Berets. And my chief beret recipient has an entire wardrobe in shades of grey so this is perfect

  48. Fleur

    Yes, of course you can knit hats all year round. Just like socks and stuff.

    Happy knitting on the beach for those who are out there! Ciao!

  49. Alessandra Parsons

    I don’t know about hats, but I always seem to knit blankets in the summer. Small shapes that are then sewn together in time for cold weather are also great portable projects!

  50. Jenn

    Thanks for the reminder. Although I have almost too many scarves and shawls, I only have a couple of hand knit hats. Time to schedule in some hat knitting!

  51. Nikki

    Love it! I can see my sister wearing that hat. In fact, I have some yarn set aside, I think I’ll work on that next!

  52. amy g

    This looks great! I have a friend who will be needing a hat very soon and this would be perfect! Thank you for the opportunity.

  53. Cyndy Landers

    And knitting hats doesn’t leave all that wool ‘sitting in your lap while knitting’ like other projects do!!!!

  54. Betsy

    I do love Quince & Co yarn, and a colorwork hat has been rattling around in my head. Perfect timing!

  55. jennybookworm

    I just finished a hat for one of my daughters – I agree it’s a perfect time for this type of knitting and I’d love to knit with the Q & Co. !!

  56. Patti

    You’ve reminded me of my lack of a nice hat. Would love to try out Quince & Co. yarn.

  57. trish

    I love that hat pattern! I tend to work on shawls in the summer – smaller, and lighter than sweaters or blankets, but still engaging enough to keep me interested.

  58. Anne

    Chickadee yarn is lovely, and small projects like the hat are handy anytime, not just in the summer.

  59. Marg

    I don’t want to think about hats because it makes the end of summer seem closer. Still, I would love to win yarn πŸ™‚

  60. Sharon

    I love Quince & Co. yarn! I would love to knit this hat, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Amy J

    Love the pattern, and the yummy yarn. For some reason I have got caught in a cycle of big-ass shawls this summer – not ideal hot weather knitting at all! Ho hum…..

  62. Irene T

    Great idea, to knit hats instead of socks. I’ve been knitting socks, so maybe I’ll do a hat once I finish this second sock. Would love to win, to try out the Quince & Co yarn.

  63. Pilaar

    very pretty hat, and not something I make all that often so it would be a lovely treat πŸ™‚

  64. Jennifer

    Of course summer is the perfect time for warm weather knitting! I had a sweater (Middlemarch from the most recent Knitty) on the needles until things went haywire (Gauge likes to bit me in the rear despite every precaution!).

    A hat is just the cheering up I need to help me recover from my latest knitting disaster.

  65. Fara

    Yes, hats in the summertime! That’s when I knit scarves and shawls too. I’ve always wanted to try Quince & Co. yarn. Thank you!

  66. Tami

    ooh.. I love quince and co… thank you for the lovely giveaway… I love knitting hats in summer too…

  67. Melanie

    I’ve never knit a hat, mainly because I’ve never had someone to knit one for – none of my family wears them. But I’m sure I can find someone to adopt a hat this charming, and the yarn looks delightful.

  68. Juli

    I love to knit hats! And I’ve been knitting a lot of beanies & a few were Fair-isle. Color-work is my very favorite!

  69. Cindy

    I love making hats and I’ve been meaning to try the Quine & Co. yarns. Looks like a fun pattern.

  70. leticia

    Very nice! I’ve been hoping for a “trial project” for Chickadee. It’s the recommended yarn for a much larger project on my queue.

  71. Beverly

    Cute hat–that’s one I would keep for me. But summer hat knitting is a great way to build up a stash for charity giving. I am doing lots now for afghans4Afghans–projects due August 15.

  72. Kristi

    What a lovely giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity. I knit a lot of hats in the summer because it’s too hot to even think about sweaters!

  73. GFN

    The hat is fabulous. I would love the chance to try the Chickadee yarn.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  74. janmaus

    I’ve been including hats, mitts, and socks in my summer knit schedule for years–small things are portable and even in warm fibers don’t fill up my lap with something hot. Would love to add this kit to my work basket!!!

  75. Dawn

    Winning this kit would force me to finally deal with my fear of knitting with two colors at once–count me in!

  76. Bonney

    Hats are the perfect summer knitting. Sometimes I can hoard a few for Christmas gifts.

  77. Shirley

    What a fun give-away. I have not knit any hats yet, but it looks like fun! Especially in a pattern style.a

  78. M. Peterson

    That beret is gorgeous, but I’m most excited because I’ve been really wanting to try out Quince & Co. for a while! All of their colors (and especially the two used in this hat) are so rich and gorgeous. They just make me happy!

  79. SarahD

    I’m not familiar with Quince & Co yarns. I’d love to try them out (assuming I could pass the quiz part of the contest).

  80. Egrace

    Actually, hats are a wonderful project in the summer to be finished before the next shipment of afghans4afghans, warm things for school children in Afghanistan.

    I would love to win this contest!

  81. Linda

    A lovely project I would like to try! Quince and Co. yarns on my “to be tried” list. Each new pattern promotion is beautifully designed to appeal, and they do.

  82. Theresa

    I’m more of a socks in summer knitter but could easily be convinced to try out some Quince & Co yarn on a hat.

  83. BARB G

    Wow! Love to knit hats & can’t believe it has been a year since I knit one. Took a slouchy one to the fair last year & gave it to a friend. It is fair time again & don’t know if our knit night group is entering work in the fair or not. My hubby chose some wool for me to knit him a hat, but I can always add to my stash!

  84. Mary C

    I love Quince & Co. yarn and would love to win two skeins of yarn! I have made a few of their hat patterns and plan on knitting more.

  85. jana

    i think I know a great fingerless mitts pattern that would go very nicely with this hat!

  86. Anya

    My aunt introduced me to my cousin’s girlfriend by adding, “If you sit still for five minutes, she’ll knit you a hat.” So yes, I would love to win this. πŸ™‚

  87. Esther

    I know, I know, I’m strange but what can I say… I can’t wait for winter to come. I am also knitting hats and dreaming of snow πŸ™‚

  88. Tami

    I like hats, mittens, and cowls for summer knitting – small and portable and quickly satisfyingly done. πŸ™‚

  89. Diane Mountford

    Would love to knit a hat … I’m going on a journey in September and need some small, portable projects … not that I don’t already have a zillion in my queue!

  90. Suzanne Shattuck

    I haven’t knit a hat yet but I do want to do a beret first. This one is awesome!

  91. turtle

    fun! hey looks like my summer camp knitting spot, but my chair is purple! This would be such a fun and useful knit… have not tried that yarn line before. πŸ™‚

  92. robin54

    thanks for the chance to win quince & co yarn – it is so yummy! i’ve been kntting cowls – small, portable & one is ready when it gets cold!

  93. Tasha

    I would so knit that! I am knitting socks this summer, but you might convince me to change to hats.

  94. Sue newell

    I’ve got my fingers crossed! What a beautiful prize, Have not seen this wool in Australia but love browsing the website. I love the dear little bird names and soft hues

  95. Stefanie M.

    Adorable hat! I’m trying to challenge myself with knitting this summer and learn new skills, the colorwork pattern would certainly be challenging myself!

  96. Elle

    Hats are also great for trying a new technique – cables, color, different decreases. Gotta love hats!

  97. Ann

    Nothing like a giveaway to bring out the commenters! I could stand to knit a hat or ten…Thanks for offering this prize.

  98. Ellen

    I would love to knit that hat and to try Qunice and Co. yarn. Thanks for the chance to win!

  99. Julia

    It’s such a lovely hat, and I’ve been wanting to try Quince & Co. yarn for a long time. Pick me! πŸ™‚

  100. Elis

    Oh… In so many different colour combinations, this hat will be brilliant! (Not that I don’t like the original!)

  101. Shirl B

    THis hot summer has all of us dreaming of cooler weather. Knitting a hat may just be the thing.

  102. Kat

    Ohh, I’ve only read so many good things about Quince & Co but I’ve never even touched any. I would love the chance. xox

  103. Alta

    I love that hat. I have been knitting hats too but I am knitting preemie hats. Some of my friends and I have a little knit/crochet group that we have put together. We call ourselves The Bronson Cast-Offs. We meet at our public library and we really enjoy meeting.

  104. Emily

    Personally, I think socks are the best type of project for summer knitting, but I would still love to win a hat kit! πŸ™‚

  105. Lisha Collins

    I really like the slouch hats, they are a little easier on the hair. I struggle with flat hair-itis in the winter. Love the red and grey color combo.

  106. jltrask

    I have only tried this type of knitting once – with passing results, except I couldn’t get the socks on my feet… Minor problem, I guess. I’d love to try again with some nice yarn and hopefully improve my skills.

  107. emmie

    After making baby hats for the grands, I’d like to take the plunge (warm weather word, there!) and try an adult one. This looks like just the one!

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