Mojo Magic

November 03 2015 – thisisknit

Garter Flap Hat We meet a lot of customers in the shop who confess to having "too many" projects on the go at home. This fact is whispered conspiratorially, often guiltily, and quite often during a purchase of yarn for a new project to be started. Of course, we understand, I'm sure not I'd like to know the actually number of items that I have languishing half-finished on needles, scattered around my house. That said I think there's a great benefit to be had from not feeling too tied-down to a project. Sometimes our enthusiasm can wane mid-way through a second sleeve (as is currently happening with my Nanook) and all we need is a little pick-me-up: a quick project to boost the knitting mojo again, to remind us that FOs can and *will* happen, and we'll be delighted that we plugged on through another few inches of stockinette. Garter Flap Hat And, for me, the Garter Ear Flap Hat from the wonderful Purl Soho website has been that project. A two-night diversion, with just enough detail in the techniques to keep things interesting. The clever short row shaping used for the ear flaps creates a flowing, seamless finish, and the visible line of double decreases lead in to a pleasingly whimsical tassel. The pattern is free and this baby size version was knit using less than one ball of Katia's Cotton-Merino. All in all, a pretty much guilt-free diversion, one which has magically restored my mojo. Now... where's that second sleeve?



  • Deirdre McKenna: September 16, 2020

    Ive just finished two of these in a gorgeous red!, one for my niece and another in a smaller size thats up for grabs! Certainly one of the more satisfying knits done recently, love it!

  • thisisknit: September 16, 2020

    Ah brilliant – it definitely seems to be a popular pattern :) I’ve a lot of babies to knit for over the next while, so it’ll definitely be a go-to project.

  • Gansai: September 16, 2020

    Love it! Totally inspiring. I see one in my near future! D

  • thisisknit: September 16, 2020

    Probably more than one? I want to cast on another, but those sleeves are calling!

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