Multi Tasking

In the now-I’ve-seen-everything department, my soon-to-be brother-in-law sent me a link to a rocking chair that he thought would interest me.

No kidding!

Who doesn’t love to knit while gently swaying back and forth in a rocker? The Rocking Knit chair designed by Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex takes this concept to a new level. The chair is designed so that kinetic energy produced from the rocker’s gliding motion actually knits a hat as you relax and rock back and forth.

The gears at the top of the chair turn and draw yarn up into what looks like a giant spool knitters with every sway back and forth. As you read the paper, the chair knits a tube that can be turned into a  hat!

Just think — if you were to knit while rocking in this chair, you could produce two hats at once! If the knitting circumference were larger, you could knit a sweater body while knitting the sleeves by hand.



Go to this website to see the chair in action.


Modified Rib Hat

A densely textured pattern worked at a relatively tight gauge makes this hat warm, even on blustery days. It begins with a decorative cast-on followed by a few garter ridges, then changes to a rib pattern with slip stitches that draws in width-wise for a sturdy fabric. If you prefer a little more drape, follow the instructions for the looser gauge of 3 1/2 stitches/inch instead. The hat shown here is worked in Aran-weight yarn, but instructions are provided for fingering-, sport-, worsted-, and bulky-weight yarns as well.

Finished Size: About 17 (19, 21)” (43 [48, 53.5] cm) circumference; will stretch to 19 (22, 24)” (48 [56, 61] cm).

Yarn: Quince & Co Osprey (100% American wool; 170 yd [155 meters]/100 g): 1 (2, 2) skeins Pomegranate #112.

Instructions also provided for Quince & Co Finch (1 [2, 2] 50-gram skeins), Chickadee (1 [2, 2] 50-gram skeins), Lark (1 [2, 3] 50-gram skeins), and Puffin (1 [2, 2] 100-gram skeins).

Wedge Hats

A colorful hat is just a few short-rows away!

Ridged Helmet Hat

The designer modeled this hat after some close-fitting hats she’s seen pictured on children in 1940s-era knitting books. But she suspects that the luscious alpaca yarn she used is much softer and more comfortable around the face than the scratchy wool used way back then. She worked the hat “inside out” so she could knit more rows than she purled. Three three-color braided tassels add a flash of color and bit of fun.

Finished Size: 21″ (53.5 cm) circumference.
Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Treasure (100% baby alpaca; 110 yd [100 m]/50 g): #23485 sunset (MC), 2 skeins; #23483 lagoon and #23489 peach, a few yards each.
Yarn weight: #2 – Fine
Gauge: 24 sts and 48 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in ridged patt, worked in the rnd.
Needles: Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ (40-cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Marker; tapestry needle.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Winter 2005

Boun’s Hat

Worked on a foundation of knit-1-purl-3 ribbing, this unisex hat is surprisingly easy to knit. The smocking pattern is worked
by wrapping the working yarn around 2 knit stitches and the purl stitches between them at regular intervals. To create diamonds, the wrapped stitches are offset every other row. To shape the top, purl stitches are decreased and fewer rounds are worked between smocking rounds. When no purl stitches remain, the knit stitches are decreased to form a star pattern at the top of the hat.

Finished Measurements
About 20” circumference and 8” long. To fit an adult.
Osprey by Quince & Co.
(100% American Wool; 170yd [115m]/100g)
• 1 skein Bark 121 or Delft 108