I made a very silly hat! Also, a very warm hat.
Want to make one just like it? I have plenty of yarn leftover — if you promise to make a hedgehog hat, I’ll send you my leftover Mushishi.
Project: Purple Hedgehog Hat
Designer: Mercè Janer
Available: FREE from Knitty.com
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Mushishi #12
I picked up some Mushishi as a “courtesy purchase” while checking out a LYS. The long color changes seemed just right for the short-row hedgehog hat. I love how yarn and hat came together for this project. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste … but I love a silly hat sometimes!
The hat is worked flat, with each bump worked as a set of short rows. For the hat you work a row of bumps, work a couple stockinette rows (decreasing the overall number of stitches), and then work a row of bumps back the other way. I definitely put my new(ish) skill of “knitting both directions without turning” to good use with all those short rows!
In addition to a delightfully silly look, the bumps also trap air — this is a one WARM hat. I look forward to wearing it for more than a few minutes at a go, come this winter.