Happy December! I don't know about you, but this is one of my favorite months. We spent all day yesterday decorating & getting the apartment in order for the busy holiday season ahead & now I have the perfect ambiance to knit my fingers off! And I'm definitely going to be making a few more of these before the end of the month!
This is the Erin Beanie, one of the last pieces of the Gift Knitting Guide. It's what Grayson called a "fisherman's hat" (direct quote: "I like that one that looks like a fisherman would wear it"), which I think he meant that it looks warm enough even to wear on the stormy seas. And it certainly is! It's knit with one strand of DK weight & one strand of fingering weight yarn, giving it a lovely marled look as well as quite a bit of extra warmth.
As I mentioned earlier this year when I released the Erin Crop Top, Erin is not exactly the easiest person to make or buy for. She's got a very cultivated, simple style that looks great but is incredibly specific. She only wears neutrals, doesn't like anything fussy (or sometimes what I would call fun), & above all it must fit absolutely perfectly. Designing for her is actually a great technical challenge, even though it can be a bit infuriating at times!
This beanie (hopefully) ticked all of her boxes - it's simple & clean without being boring (even to knit, thanks to the marled aspect!). You can wear it brimmed for extra warmth or undone for a very slouchy beanie. The ribbing is incredibly stretchy, so this one pattern can fit basically any adult sized head.
I've also included instructions to make a color dipped hat, which you can see an example of below. With both this & the marled aspect, the color combinations are literally endless.
This hat is perfect for the person on your list with classic style, & you can pick neutrals or go a little color crazy to totally change the look. And with the simple ribbing, it doesn't really need your whole attention as you're knitting. You can watch all the Christmas movies you want while still getting their gift done in time!
You can purchase the pattern below (& at 25% off through Wednesday 12/6!) or through Etsy or Ravelry. If you'd like to order a handknit beanie in time for Christmas, email me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org to pick out your custom colors. Happy Holidays!