My Perfect Hat

I took out a skein of my handspun this week and wound it up into a ball. It was my first true three-ply – A merino dyed by Wonderland Dyeworks in several shades of blue that had been given to me last Christmas by my son and daughter in law. It had taken me about three weeks to create it. I’d filled my spindle, wound it off, then filled it twice again before plying the three singles together


I really loved the result  and felt this would make something lovely to wear. In fact, I wanted to make a hat. Not just any hat, but a really great hat. The kind of hat that would be worthy of the scant 140 yards of twilight I’d created on my trusty drop spindle. I tripped through patterns like Goldilocks – declaring this one just a little too short, this one a little too slouchy. After an exhaustive search, I found my perfect winter hat. Loose enough to not completely crush my hair, tall enough to completely cover my ears and pretty – really pretty!

my perfect hat from purple stitch project beanie free pattern

Purple Stitch Project

The pattern enlightened me about The Purple Stitch Project, a charitable project that collects gifts made for children with epilepsy and aims to raise awareness for this condition. Designers can donate their patterns to the project and that’s just what Paula Pereira, the designer of my perfect hat has done. Her Purple Stitch Project Beanie is available for free on Craftsy.

After using this pattern, I’ll be donating at the project for the use of it, because the perfect hat – well, in my book that’s really worth something!


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  1. Barbara Bagley
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Wow, cute hat and to donate it too boot. Wonderful karma. Bless the
    child/teen/adult who will receive it! Your kids will be so proud of you!!
    I am!

    • Mom
      Posted September 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear. I have to clarify….I’m planning to donate to the project, but not donate my beloved perfect hat out of my handspun! LOL! Nope, just can’t do it. I’ll knit some other things and I’ll donate some cash for the pattern use, though. :-)

      • Carli
        Posted September 6, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

        This is absolutely gorgeous, mom! Love the stitches on this hat. What a great cause.

        • Mom
          Posted September 6, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

          Awww, thanks Carli! :-)

  2. Posted September 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    oh my goodness. Not only is the handspun and hat GORGEOUS, but THANK YOU for pointing out this project benefiting epilepsy. My fiancé suffers from the condition, so I know first hand how difficult living with epilepsy can be.

    • Mom
      Posted September 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

      Oh Wow, Erin! This is a project I’m sure you can really get behind! It’s a wonderful premise. I love projects like this that motivate us to do more. Thanks for the hat compliment! It’s never easy to find just the right pattern. :-)

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