Knitting for Spring doesn’t have to be drab. Reknit a favorite hat in a bright yarn. Here I’m showing you my favorite cat hats in unexpected colors.
Le Printemps. La Primavera. Lente-. Pomland. Vor. Every language has a word for it.
In English, we call it Spring.
After living with months of dark, dreary skies and shrubs and trees that look more dead than alive, nothing is more welcome than spring light. Tiny blossoms seem to appear magically overnight. The ground sends up familiar green shoots that soon bud into flowers of many hues and shapes.
Don’t be too quick to pack away your knitting!
It’s still chilly at least in morning and evenings. Winter doesn’t leave without a fight and sometimes we even see snow in the south as late as April.
But if your handknit project can be this bright and sunny, then why would want to put it away?
The key to transitioning into spring with your knitting is to use it in a way that adds a pop of color!
Yarn comes in every shade of the rainbow, so freshen that winter hat pattern by knitting it in a bright color. Chunky knit hats like this one make up fast. If you’re diligent, you can knit this sweet hat in an evening. If you like to take your time, you can knit this up in an evening of TV knitting watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix.
Don’t forget to include a Meowingtons ring. I think it’s just perfect with this!
I am known as the Crazy Cat Lady of Cat hats, because I have several different versions of this beloved classic.
They are designed in different yarns and with different gauges to suit every taste! No two cats or knitters are the same and neither should your hats be the same! The yarns I selected have a multitude of colors available, so you can find your favorite style, and customize the hat with your favorite colors. I even like adding these pretty clip on silk flowers that I pick up at Michael’s every spring to give a knitted hat a big spring boost.
Are you surprised by how cute a green cat eared hat looks? I admit, I was even surprised by how cute it finished! When I put it on my model for the pictures, I couldn’t believe how great it looked.
I don’t know why I was so surprised. People wear their hair in every shade of the rainbow, so why not knit our hats to reflect that colorful mindset?
Everybody likes to substitute a yarn when it come to knitting patterns. The best way to substitute yarn, but still have something that closely resembles the pattern photography is to stick to the same weight and brand used by the designer. That ensures you will get a similar look and feel as shown in the sample. But the good news is that yarn brands have several different color options for you within their lines. If you absolutely must knit your hat in your own yarn, look for something with similar fiber content to get the right look and feel.
If you’re not feeling the whole rainbow hat thing, I hear ya. How about knitting your cat hat in this lovely Oatmeal and then add a clip on silk flower in a color to accent your top? In this case, we matched the purple flower I had in the prop box to Eugenia’s blouse, and it looked adorable!
Here’s another neutral hat I livened up with a large sunflower. Even though it was late April, and really sunny, it was really cold the day we took these pictures. But that sunny sunflower worked perfectly with Emma’s vintage dress from the 1940s. She even looked warm wearing it!
I hope this inspires you to take a fresh look at some colorful yarns to reknit your hats for spring.
Wearing a fun cat hat will have you dancing in the streets! Which was an excellent remake by Van Halen in the 80s if you don’t know.
If you understand how to knit-in-the round, this is a GREAT first hat pattern to knit.
I’ll even help you to understand the concept of gauge and how to use it when making your hat.
So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t knitted one of my cat hat patterns, I hope this convinces you to pick your favorite and give it a go. Select a really unusual color, add a clip on flower accent, and have some fun with it. Let your imagination run a little bit wild. Just like your own precious kitten.
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