This hat is one of my absolute favorite things I’ve knitted so far. I went through this phase over the summer where I knitted hats that came from the same balls of yarn. By that I mean I used gray, off-white, and maroon yarn from Lion Brand Wool-Ease. This was also one of the first time that I’ve worked with yarn that was not solely based on 100% acrylic.
See, I’ve always liked multiple colors on a hat, but I hated changing yarn colors because (1) I’ll have all these loose ends to weave in and (2) the colors don’t align perfectly. In the knitting world, there is this technique called jogging to even up those mismatched colors when you change yarn, but it’s not completely seamless enough for me, so I’ve always avoided switching colors. Then one day, I took one of my two favorite things to knit—the yarn over, which creates that lacey pattern—and I worked it into the row where I was changing colors.
The end result was barely noticeable, and I didn’t even have to jog the yarns! Win-win for me because I love lacey patterns and multicolor knitwear. So I started making lacey hats (you can find one of them up for sell on Etsy), but then I decided to add cables because those were the other things I love to have on hats. For a while there, I knitted Hermione’s Cable & Eyelet hat (http://jlyarnworks.blogspot.com/2008/07/hermiones-cable-eyelet-hat.html) from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price. Since they were someone else’s pattern inspired from the movie, I couldn’t sell them. Only giving them away as gifts.
But for the past two years, I’ve been trying to make my own patterns. Mainly because I would have massive headaches going through knitting sites to find the perfect pattern and because I could never find one that I truly wanted. Remember, I started knitting because I could create whatever I wanted within my abilities, so I put my creativity to use. The bonus part was that I can sell my own creations without the hassle of violating copyright laws. Win again!
This hat is actually for sell on my Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/PygmyPurls). So far, it’s one-of-a-kind. I’m also new on Etsy, a site where people can sell/buy vintage or handmade items, so to be honest I’m not sure if my prices are fair.
So this is where you guys come in. What price would you be willing to buy this hat for whether it’s for yourself or as a gift? (Don’t worry, you’re not signing your life away if you take the poll.)
My other main concern is that I’m not putting enough description into my listings, so I’m not sure if it’s off-putting potential customers. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.