Star Wars Spin Master BB-8 and Barbie Smart Dream House, it’s time to move over and make room for the #1 hot gift of the season…The Messy Bun Hat! Also known as the ponytail hat, this topless hat pattern is the most requested style of knitted gifts for the season.
Downhill, telemark, backcountry, crosscountry and skate skiing are some of the different types of skiing we enjoy in snowy Alta, Wyoming. And even when it’s 20 degrees fahrenheit (-6.6 C), when the sun is shining it’s hot outside!
The Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat is perfect for keeping your ears cozy and snug while allowing your ponytail (or messy bun) plenty of freedom. And if the sun isn’t shining (brrrrr!) you can pull this hat over your head and wear it as a neck gaiter. Perfect!
Hope you enjoy knitting this pattern, revised with new charts. You can find my original page featuring the hat here and can download it here on Ravelry.
The Barchan Earflap Hat is named after the horseshoe-shaped snowdrifts called barchans. Worked from the top down with a provisional cast-on, this ribbed hat has a seamless construction with no short rows or stitches to pick up. The slouchy version of the hat is shown, but the pattern can be easily adapted for a beanie style, with or without earflaps.
I’m in love with the Lana Grossa Fur Pom Pom from The Trendsetter Yarn Group. It attaches easily with a snap which you stitch onto the hat. It’s just so soft and fuzzy and gorgeous!
I used the beautiful worsted wool I bought in Dresden, Germany a few years ago at The Green Wheel. I love having yarn as a souvenir. It was so much fun to relive a little bit of that amazing trip!
One Short Week, One Beautiful Hat, One Fabulous Prize
The hat is made with two strands of bulky yarn held together to create luxurious cables, so bulky you only use your cable needle for three rounds. To make this hat even more grand add a big fluffy pompom or attach a fur pompom for a trendy fashion statement.
For the sample, I used two strands of Rowan Cocoon Yarn held together, the same color for the brim and two different colors for a marled effect in the body of the hat.
Winter is an especially magical time here in Alta, Wyoming. Outside is snow packed and is the perfect playground for skiers, boarders, snow bikers, snow machiners, ice fishers, ice climbers, ice skaters and snowman builders. ☃
Inside is warm and cozy with a fire blazing, a pot of soup on the stove and a cup of your favorite hot beverage steaming in your hand. This makes me want to grab my needles and cuddle up with some warm fuzzy yarn!
I hope you enjoy spending a little time perusing through my articles on The Buffalo Wool Company and Malabrigo. And if you are in any of these areas, check out the LSY’s in Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Jackson Hole. If you do make it to Jackson, give me a shout and maybe we can get together at the store for a knit nite! 😄
Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world is famous for geysers, waterfalls, wolves, elk, moose and…Bison!
Sometimes called buffalo, these majestic creatures brave extremely cold temperatures, as low as 66 degrees below zero (-55C) with an average of 150 inches of snow each year.
The Bufflo Wool Company, owned by Ron and Theresa Miskin and located in Kennedale, Texas harvest soft bison down from their herd and use it to create the most amazing luxury yarn on earth. I was tickled pink to be able to speak with Ron and he had a lot of awesome things to say about their job, their herd, and their yarn.
Me: Here in Yellowstone country we have a healthy fear and respect for the mighty Buffalo and are instructed by state park officials to stay 25-30 yards away. How do you harvest the bison down?
Ron: When we first started using the fiber we picked it up off the fences and bushes around the ranch. Now we put street sweeper brushes on fence posts on ranches around the country. We also shear the hides when the bison are processed for meat.
Me: I like that. Nothing goes to waste. What is your favorite part of owning and running The Buffalo Wool Company?
Ron: Definitely the people. This industry is filled with the most kind, generous people I’ve ever met. Everyone is so willing to give advice and help where they can.
He is seriously the nicest man!
Why bison? I can personally attest to the company’s claim that bison is soft enough to wrap a baby in and tough enough to keep a mountain man warm in a blizzard!
Some other awesome bison down fiber facts:
– No known allergies to the fiber.
– Bison down has a moisture regain of about 30%, keeping you warm and comfortable even when wet.
– Because it’s not hollow and doesn’t have barbs like wool, it doesn’t shrink.
Below are the 3 designs from my Winter 2016 collection that feature The Buffalo Wool Company Yarns. Click on the links for the free patterns.
Imagine a beautiful place high in the mountains where the snow almost never stops falling and when the sun breaks through the clouds it shines with bright blue skies on a very cold day. Sounds like Alta, Wyoming to me! My home sweet home is the place where the weather and a local yarn store filled with colorful, soft yarns inspired me to learn to knit.
Antonio González-Arnao imagined a place very similar when he dreamed of a brand name for his line of incredibly soft, kettle-dyed yarns – Malabrigo. Spanish for bad shelter, Antonio loved the idea of a cold, windy place where people would find pleasure creating indoors with their richly dyed, velvety soft wool.
Located in Uruguay and most recently Peru, Malabrigo is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and is dedicated to creating yarn using environmentally responsible methods. Their factories meet Oeko-Tex standards, which means their yarn is free from a range of harmful substances including pesticides and heavy metals often found in manufactured yarn.
I have two designs in my Winter 2016 collection that call for Malabrigo yarns. Downtown Jackson Scarf, knit with Malabrigo Mecha, purchased at The Black Sheep in Encinatas, California
and Sugar House Cowl, knit with Malabrigo Worsted, purchased at Blazing Needles in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Have you had the chance to work with Malabrigo Yarns?