I'm currently working on a london beanie, but realized it wont really be all that warm for the minnesota winters i have, any suggestions for a simple warm hat?
My approach to making a really warm hat is to make a double layer of fabric using fine yarn, like you would use for making socks. I don't have a pattern but just make a long tube, tapered or rounded at both ends, twice as long as the finished hat needs to be. You can knit half in one color and half in another if you want a contrasting lining or a reversible hat. To finish, just push the bottom edge up inside and sew both crowns together.
It should be easy to adapt the London beanie pattern by working it from the top to the lower edge and then back to the top. Make it a few inches longer if you want a cuff to turn up over the ears.
I've had great success with warm hats made from Alafos Lopi, Icelandic wool. They have a pattern that is very easy to make too. On the round, all stockinette stitch. It rolls at the edge and most people really like that. One ball will make the hat and it's about $5 (cdn)
If you want to order yarn over the Internet, knitpicks.com has some great yarns at great prices. Look at the bulky yarns. Wool of the Andes Bulky, Sierra, Decadence, or Twirl all have good yardage and are either wool, wool blends, alpacha or alpacha blends -- and would make a warm hat. If you want a very warm, heavy hat, you could double strand the yarn. Just be sure you use a pattern that allows for the double stranded yarn or you'll end up with a huge hat. These bulky weight yarns will run you $3.99 to $5.99 per skein depending on which yarn you select. Good luck.
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As far as patterns go, check out Tychus from the Man issue of Knitty.
I;m in saint paul, attending college. id prefer something that doesnt shed, but its ok if it does, and something of relatively inexpensive yarn, not acrylic but not something that breaks the bank either.
Oh well angora will break the bank; 30 for enough to make a solid hat 15 if you double it with something else on a larger needle. Lamb's Pride worsted weight is a bit scratchy but it has mohair in it and is really warm. Another trick os to double knit a hat so it has two layers. Anything with a bit of cashmere in it is warm too but that get's expensive. I'd use a merino / mohair blend or something like that.
Where ar you in MN? I have made some exceedingly warm if rather fuzzy looking hats using Malabrigo angora and a fingering weight merino, or even warmer fingering alpace. My partneer doesn't like them because the angora sheds but for warmth there is nothing better.
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