Star Queenie

I’m in the middle of some big projects which need long bouts of knitting to see much progress. There’s not a lot to say about them yet and I’m struck with a sense some days of not much forward motion.

That kind of knitting is satisfying in its own way, but it doesn’t feed my deeply held need to be constantly finishing things.

Enter my own personal hat renaissance. Why have I never bothered with hats much? I’ve pondered this and I think it’s because I knitted beanies when I started knitting and while they were good to learn on, and always well received, I soon grew bored and have continued to see them as basic knitting without much oomph or fun.

Then I knitted a couple of berets. I decided I liked knitting them and, surprisingly, also wearing them. They were fast and fun and there were more possibilities out there than I’d ever really noticed. It sent me off in search of other hats.

I came across a collection of 20 kids hats by great hat designer, Woolly Wormhead, called Bambeanies. It’s full of great and striking patterns in a range of styles but the one that caught my eye from the start was a pretty little number called Queenie. It was, as you might have guessed, earmarked immediately for Alice, whose mum asked me for a new hat recently.

Here it is. Started Friday night, finished Saturday night, it’s a winner, made from a single ball of delicious Zara.

Great new hat. Queenie by Woolly Wormhead.

The other thing about hats that I never really factored in before is the way they use up random balls of yarn you have in your stash – the ones where there isn’t enough to make anything substantial so they languish. It strikes me as so astoundingly obvious now and yet I never looked at random balls of yarn and thought ‘hats’! Crazy. I don’t know how old this ball of grey Zara is – I’m guessing possibly five years. I had two balls and I’m so glad one of them is finally used up for Alice.

She calls it her Star Hat because of the way the crown looks.

queenie top

You know the other great thing about this hat? I’d say about three of the stitches were made by Alice herself. Something has changed recently – she gets what I’m doing. She actually looks on and asks if what I’m making is her for her. She takes the needles in her hand (note to self: avoid this when knitting complex lace) and with my hands over hers we knit stitches. After a weekend of this, I half expected her to tell her parents today that she made it!

I think the knitting lessons can’t be far off. OK, maybe a year or two. I think I was five when I learned the first time and produced a crooked, holey scarf for my dad.

Part of the reason I rushed this hat was because she was here and I wanted to give it to her straight away. But I also wanted us both to have hats to wear to the Old Bus Depot Markets Celebration of Wool day today.  She came along, draped in knitwear (as was I) and learned to smoosh skeins of yarn like a pro. ‘Mmm smooshy’ she’d say. Heart melting.


Just perfect. I have two more hats either on the go or lined up to go (for Sean and a friend). I just never thought I’d feel this way about them. It’s unexpected and rather nice!



19 thoughts on “Star Queenie

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  4. What a fantastic hat pattern! I love that its regal, without being Disney princess pink.

    I love how quick hats are and the stash potential too, both of which make it easy to be impulsive and frivolous, something you can’t be when contemplating an adult cardigan or lacy shawl.

  5. Hpe you don’t mind me asking what is the cardi pattern? I am looking for something simple for the Squish to slouch around in this winter, but he is probably a size five now….

  6. That is just so cute and Alice is such a cute modeller!!! Hats are great, they are pretty much instant gratification, and interesting too.

  7. A few fake jewels and it would look like a crown. What a great hat. I gave my niece some yarn and needles and we had a knitting lesson but it didn’t take. She wasn’t ready for it and there’s no real support for it at home. Not that her parents don’t like it, they are not crafting folks so it’s not a part of their lives. I think they harbor secret ideas that Pk and I are hippies, leftovers from the 70’s who make their own stuff.

  8. I wish I could have gone to the OBDM this year – very jealous. The hat is very cute, and Zara is wonderful to knit with.

  9. That is just an adorable hat, Helen, and looks terrific on Alice. When I heard her name for it, The Star Hat, I thought it would be cute to knit some stars in bright colors that could be safety-pinned on the brim. She could change the colors to match her outfits! Just what you need…more projects — LOL!

  10. That’s such a cute hat! I knit hats (and mittens) every year, out of necessity–the kids outgrow them, and they need warm hats. Which is why I will probably never make that one, as cute as it is–we need to cover ears here in winter. She looks adorable in it, but I find myself wanting to yank it down over her ears. 🙂

  11. Cute hat! And the pony tail reminded me of another one you might like for the future… it has a cut-out for sticking the hair through. I’ll try to find it and send you the link…

  12. ah! not much warms the heart more than a child in handknits! alice looks so gorgeous – great colours on her. and i love that the hat looks like a crown (hence the name i guess), its a lovely design. you’re definately got a good eye for hats!

  13. The hat suits Alice very well. How cute that she has started wanting to learn to knit too. She might grow up just like you and love knitting, how wonderful would that be. I think maybe I should start knitting more hats to use up stash yarn too.

  14. That is gorgeous, love the shape of the hat and the way the colour shows off the stitches. Alice definitely sounds like a knitter in the making!

  15. Cute! (both the hat and the model) Hope you had a great time at the Wool Market. (I must get there one year).

    Cowls are also a great way to use up the odd balls of yarn; if you knit the “neck warmer” style they use less than one ball of 50g yarn. I’ve knitted fifteen in the past four weeks! In a way they are more practical than scarves – no ends to tie or get in the way!

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