Back by popular demand, the Chunky Knit Hats will be making their return in Autumn 2021.
taken off tHe prodUct list
In December 2019, I made my last hat for the foreseeable future. I focused all my energy on Christmas and local art markets, which didn't leave me much time for the smaller items.
Before this time, I burst at the seams with Wool And The Gang's 'Crazy Sexy Wool' and took on many custom orders. The array of colours available was beautiful. They brought out a collection earlier that year called 'Funfetti', which featured multi-colour viscose speckles intertwined into the wool. The most popular colour by far was the 'Love Heart Pink', which quickly became popular with other knitters worldwide.
making a comeback
I received a message just before Christmas 2020 from a lovely customer. She asked for two hats to be made for her since she loved the one I made over a year ago. I gladly obliged to make it for her, and it was my chance to get the 'smaller' knitting out again. (even though the wool I use is still classed as super chunky)
As soon as I picked up my circular knitting needles, I had a moment of panic. My mind went blank! I had to talk myself through the steps. "Slip knot," I said out loud. What's next?... "cast on," (right, let me see if I remember how to do this). After a few nervous moves, everything started flooding back to me. "Magic circle, Knit one, Purl one and Decrease." I was back in business.
I know what you're maybe thinking. 'You're a person running a small business based on knitting, and you've forgotten how to knit?' Trust me. It is easy to forget something you haven't done in a while initially. But it's just like riding a bike! Once you learn, you never truly forget.
But How do you make your blankets?
Are you still confused? To make my giant knits, I don't use any needles at all. They're all made by hand! Hand-knitted is the better term for it. I use a large flat surface and weave the wool to make the knitted pattern you know and love. You may have seen videos online of people using their arms to make chunky knit blankets too. (after a while, your arms start to ache underneath the weight of the wool building up) The first technique is the much better option before I end up with arms like Popeye! (no spinach needed)
After posting a couple of pictures on my Instagram stories, I had many messages asking for the hats to come back. I couldn't ignore the demand for them. So, now I'm on a mission to make as many hats as possible before Autumn.
Back in 2019, I made hats to order, but I know this will be impossible to do for 2021. With the bit of time I have towards the end of the year, it is more logical to have the hats pre-made and ready to send.
As you read this, I'm knitting away with some Netflix playing in the background. I'll also have an abundance of snacks at my side. The hats will have various colours available with a complimenting faux fur pom-pom to top it off! I will have a standard adult size, and I'll do a children's size too. Stay tuned for more updates.