mishi2x Designs

MISHI2X DESIGNS

HAND KNITWEAR DESIGNS

BY MICHELE WANG

3 hats are better than 1

As much as I love designing garments, I can't deny the appeal of a quick knit.  And to me, nothing is faster than a hat.  Generally knit in the round, using very little yarn, a knitter can usually knit up a hat in an afternoon, yet wear it all Winter and be warmed.  Quite the trade-off.

What better way to show-off a yarn that may not be familiar to some? I decided to design a few hats showcasing one of my favorite yarns we'll be carrying at Gauge + Tension this Fall, Jones & Vandermeer's Clever Camel.  

 J&V's Clever Camel - colors (from top left, clockwise): Classic, Naked, Poppy, Neat Navy, Carbon, Snowden Grey

J&V's Clever Camel - colors (from top left, clockwise): Classic, Naked, Poppy, Neat Navy, Carbon, Snowden Grey

It is 100% Baby Camel and so incredibly soft that it's hard to resist. When I first knit up a swatch, I couldn't tell the difference between it and cashmere. The only difference I could tell was that it was just a touch heavier. Cashmere's lightness is legendary, so I wasn't surprised. And camelids tend to have a heavier, silkier hair to them, even if just the fluffy under coat from a baby. But the micron counts are similar between the two, so in the hand you'll probably not notice a difference.

Although I don't claim to have a wool allergy, I do sometimes get the itchy forehead if I wear a wool hat all day. Why not a couple of super soft Clever Camel Hats:

 Torti in Snowden Grey

Torti in Snowden Grey

Torti is a take on my Tortillon pattern knit in Lana Grossa's Chiara. Although a lovely yarn, they stopped distributing it in the States to my disappointment. The Chiara is much thinner than the Clever Camel, so I redesigned it for worsted weight yarn and made it a touch bigger too.

 Torti in Snowden Grey

Torti in Snowden Grey

I also designed a slouchier hat for those not interested in a beanie-fit hat.  I liked the idea of using the color Poppy for Galeo.

 Galeo in Poppy

Galeo in Poppy

If that Chevron pattern looks familiar, it's the same one used on my Warren Street Cowl. A quick and easy knit, the set could make a lovely holiday gift or a little something for yourself.

Last, but not least, Paffuto. Of course, I needed to design something that could work for the men in our lives. I picked Quince & Co.'s Puffin because of its softness and bulky weight. Maybe I'm a selfish knitter, but it's nice to be able to whip up a quick hat even faster with heavier yarn.

 Paffuto in Peacoat

Paffuto in Peacoat

Paffuto is a little boxier in shape giving your hair a little breathing room under there. Although 100% wool, the unplied Puffin is incredibly soft to the touch and I got no itchy forehead when I wore this around.

All three of these patterns are available on Ravelry for download, and hard copies will be sold exclusively in-store at , and Torti and Galeo online at Jones & Vandermeer.