Stripes
From graphic stripes to more complicated double knitting, hats are the perfect canvas to practice and learn new skills. They're pretty small, so you aren't committing to a lifetime of knitting a technique you may not love, and except for some crown shaping, they're basically just knitting a tube — by keeping the structure simple, you're free to focus on your new skill. So when you're in the market to try something new, check out one of these skill-building hats.
Bluprint
At first glance, this stitch pattern doesn't scream chevron — it's missing the telltale peaks and valleys running along the bottom edge — but it still has the feel of a classic chevron. Clever color changes create the gentle ripple pattern. Go high contrast with your colors to make the pattern pop.
Beginner
Striped hats, striped socks, striped scarves, striped sweaters: They're fun to knit, make perfect gifts and never go out of style. Stripes for the win! The only problem? Those jogs you get when you knit striped work in the round.
Andrea Sanchez
Here's your chance to show off your team's colors AND your stitching skill! This scarf knits up really quick, so even if the game is right around the corner, you can still flaunt your colors up like the super fan you are.
Beginner
These crocheted ornaments are every kind of perfect: simple to make and soooooo cute. You can customize the pattern in endless ways (thick stripes, thin stripes, no stripes!), so you'll never get bored making them. Which is why every single person on your list might get one this year.
Maria Weaber
Solid rows, mixed stripes, color-blocking, oh my! Adding new hues to your Tunisian crochet projects can give them an immediate upgrade. These three techniques are sure to color you happy.
Toni Lipsey
Everything you need to start knitting with confidence.
Susan B. Anderson
Susan B. Anderson
Create contemporary afghans with invigorating color and texture.
Salena Baca
Salena Baca
Add gorgeous color to your knitwear with this collection of incredible techniques. Learn how to work chevron stripes, two-color cables, inlay motifs and more.
Faina Goberstein
Faina Goberstein
Start knitting the eye-catching colorwork styles you love! Learn the essentials for stripes, slip-stitch colorwork, colorwork cables, intarsia and stranded knitting.
Melissa Leapman
Melissa Leapman
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