Product spotlight: Hat types


My Aunt Geri makes most of the hats. Mom and I are very basic knitters, still using looms for the most part. We’ve been getting orders, and we always have to go through the obligatory, “Well, do you want a square-ish hat or more roundy or…what?” Rather than struggle with describing that on the phone, here’s the low down.

Yurt hat:

Knit with one color of yarn (the green and blue yarns above are variegated), these hats are super warm. They look sort of Mongolian to me. You could put a tassel on top of it as well, up to you (see the Paco hats, below).

Taos pony hat:

Named for the colors, the Taos pony hat is a variation on the yurt hat decorated with a running pony.

Paco/Flame hat:

Also the same style as the yurt hat, only decorated either with an alpaca or a pony. This hat is knit in two contrasting colors, with a brim and other decorations in the same contrast as the animal. Tassel or no tassel, up to you.

Patty hat:

A brand new hat type that matches Aunt Geri’s beautiful patty scarves. Knit using two different colors, these hats are a ton of work.

Basic brimmed stocking hat:

Mom and I make these using our rake looms. It’s a simple knit stitch, single stitch for a lacy-er hat, double stitch for something warmer. The width of the brim is up to you, as is whether or not you want a pom-pom.

Baby alpaca brimmed stocking hat:

This is a variation on the basic stocking hat that has baby alpaca yarn as a brim. This yarn is especially soft and warm, so it’s particularly nice to have over your ears and around your face.

Basic beanie:

Mom and I make these too, we use either no or a very narrow brim. Hats with no brim, as on the right, tend to curl in a very feminine way. Beanies don’t have pompoms, as a rule.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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