Meathead hat

One of the most striking ways to make your mark as a knitter is to work against a simple yet splendid backdrop. This hat provides just the foundation for a one-of-a-kind embellishment of your choice—be it a pirate colorwork patch, a giant safety pin, a plastic flower, or a crayon holster with your three favorite colors at the ready.Here are just a few of our current favorites:

hat by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Photo by Laurenn McCubbin.hat by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Photo by Laurenn Jeremy Coronaby Valerie Wallisby Michelle Schwengel-Regalaby Jennifer RaabKnitted by Gail Dominicis, modelling & photography by Cassandra Dominicis

by Carrie Griffinby Lisa Downingby Emily Simnittby Diane Doranby Jeremy Coronaby Adrian Biziliaby Julia Frickertby Jennifer Raabby Julie Spragueby Adrian Bizilia

The stitches are big and say “basic” all over, but are made with two strands of a slightly shiny yarn that add just a hint of sparkly complexity. The very first set of these hats were made for an art installation and adorned with numbered cattle ear tags. Thus the name, “meatheads.”

Even though the bovine (or ovine) name remains, the choice of embellishment now belongs entirely to you.

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