This year I decided to make hats for the mitten tree (of course :). I decided to use some of the Scheepjes Voluma (mentioned in my neck warmer post) that I had a great deal of still laying around, but as it's a sport-weight-ish yarn, I needed to combine it with something to bring it to the worsted weight called-for in the hat pattern. I decided to use Lion Brand's free earflap hat as my jumping-off place, pattern-wise. I've made this hat many times (oooh, reminds me that I should post the wig/hats I made for Brendan's class play last year, when they did The Hobbit and he played, Elrond, a goblin, and Gollum, among others...) and have basically re-written it for various sizes & uses. Since the Voluma yarn is grey (soft & fuzzy, but definitely grey) I decided to use left-over sock yarn in bright colours to balance it out & make it appealing to kids. After all, who's going to wear a hat that isn't fun or interesting?
The combination of yarns made it a bit bulkier than the worsted weight called-for in the pattern, so I went up a hook size (I used a I/9/5.50mm) & made a variety of sizes to make sure they'd fit a variety of heads. Plus, to make them more than just warm hats, I decided to embellish them in fun ways. Hence the pony-tails, loopy fringes, and stripes.