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Random Factors

Back in 2012 I wrote a knitting pattern for a Random Factor Hat. I still wear the hat all the time, it’s an excellent way to cover bad hair mornings on the school run. Here it is in use.

random hat 1

The structure of the hat is very conventional, the fun part is the random nature of the stripes. The height of each of the stripes was chosen by a random number generator. I’m very interested in randomness and our very human desire to find patterns in everything. When I was knitting this hat, I was tempted to change the numbers to achieve a better balance, of course that’s not the point of a Random Factor Hat. So I let the stripes fall where the numbers dictated and I think it’s a pleasing combination:

random hat 2

Once you accept the power of random factor knitting, you could use it in socks or scarves too. And the best thing about it, is that no-one else will knit one quite the same as yours, because each knitter generates their own random numbers for their own stripes.

Today the lovely people at All Free Knitting have created an ebook called How to Knit a Hat Volume 2. It’s free to download and contains lots of hats by different designers, including the Random Factor Hat. Perhaps the most random thing about all of this, is how little it has to do with knitted toys.


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Two Hat Weekend

Today is the last day that I can make online sales and guarantee their delivery before Christmas, so it is officially the start of my Christmas Holidays.

Of course, that holiday doesn’t include a holiday from knitting, I mean who would want such a thing?

So I started my personal knitting this weekend with two hats. The little blue one is a practical pure wool one for every day use and the green one with the embroidered flowers is a cute little slouch hat for wearing with sweaters and looking 1940s.

I love how they both turned out, although the slouch hat is a little too loose and if you wear it with a coat with a collar, the collar pushes the hat over your eyes and you end up looking as though you’re wearing a tea cosy.

I’m definitely better at toy design than hat design.

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