This one is a long time coming. Like over a year long. For Christmas of 2010 (!!!) I decided to knit hats for the teacher presents. For two of the teachers I knew exactly what colors to knit them in - FSU (Scarlet & Gold) and UF (Blue & Orange). I came up with some design ideas and got to work. The other teachers were a bit harder, I actually had to research their alma maters to figure it all out. The night before the last day of school before Christmas break I literally stayed up all night finishing the last hat for my older's son teacher. That day a night came home that the teacher was quitting mid year and wouldn't be back. Couldn't someone have told me that *before* I pulled an all-nighter? I did four different designs, and only one of them did I truly, truly love. So I grabbed my FSU leftovers and knit up a Gryffindor hat sample:
And then I realized how I could make it better. So I broke out my leftover Gator colors and went to town. The end result is my favorite version of all:
I love the stripes, I love the purl ridges, I love the little contrast color "flowers". I just love it. I want to make a hundred of them.
And the beautiful part of this is that you can use any colors you like. Any fandom will do - sports, sci-fi, college, or just your two favorite colors. Honestly I am totally itching to make one for myself in red and turquoise. I'm at that point where I think just about everything should be red or turquoise or some combination thereof.
Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm) - 16" circulars and dpns
Yarn: Cascade 220 - 70 (80, 90) yards of EACH color
Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette in the round
Sizes: Small (18.5"), Medium (20"), and Large (22.5") - all circumferences are unstretched
The Fangirl Hat is available to purchase for $6.00 USD