Is it difficult to purchase a gift for your mom? Purchasing a gift is super hard for me because when your mom is 78, she has everything! Luckily, my mom loves anything hand made and she thinks it is super special to get something I have created. So this year, I decided to up my game and create for mom a knit hat and scarf.
The Perfect Warm Knit Hat and Scarf made in a Snap
Since this was a late decision, I leaned upon my friends at McKinney Knittery to assist me with choosing patterns and yarn for my knit hat and scarf. Ginger and Cindy have always helped me find just the right patterns and yarn for knitting projects.
Since it is the holiday season and funds are running short, I decided to try some free knit hat and scarf patterns on Ravelry because there are loads of great and amazing free patterns. I found my hat pattern, which was the Citrus Hat by Laura Treadway. On Ravelry, the hat is “called the Citrus Hat for the way the decreases create the appearance of a citrus fruit, this is a pretty basic hat pattern that works well with pretty much any yarn and can fit multiple head sizes. I used size 5 and size 7 needles.
The scarf pattern I chose was The Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia. I loved that the pattern was simple and the cabling was easy for a beginner. Size 8 needles along with a cable needle are needed; however, Adrian says, “Feel free to use chubbier yarn and/or larger needles to make a giant scarf. It will look just as lovely!”
The Best Knit Hats and Scarves Start with the Perfect Yarn
As for yarn, I chose Iron Islands by Destination yarns for the hat because I wanted blue variegated with hints of green. The yarn is amazing and great with which to work. I will certainly use it again in another project. For the scarf, I went with my standby- a solid, light blue #47 by Cascade’s 220 Superwash Merino yarns. I LOVE Cascade yarns and have used it in several major projects. Check out my Breathtaking Crochet Shawl, which is crocheted in Cascade yarn. I decided to use the left over Destination yarn to put fringe on the scarf to pull the knitted hat and scarf together as a matching ensemble.
Mom loves the color blue, so I know she is going to LOVE her new blue knitted hat and scarf. But, what’s even better is the surprise. Every time mom called to ask what I’m doing, I couldn’t tell her I was knitting like crazy.