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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Brooke's lined Koolhaas Hat

Brooke's lined Koolhaas Hat in gray heather wool (I think this is Cascade 220) with a few extra repeats added to the original pattern.  This makes the hat long enough to cover ears sufficiently.  Two women at my house with different length heads both "needed" those extra repeats.  I do think the Koolhaas Hat looks a bit "short" on the original pattern model's head. 

Choose a color of double knit fabric as close to the wool color as possible.  Cut a lining the circumference of the beanie plus 1/4" for a seam allowance.  I like to cut the length of the lining strip so that it reaches just to the top of the ribbing.  Turn the beanie so that the wrong side is facing you.  Seam the lining, press the seam open to minimize bulk and put the beanie inside the lining tube with the wrong side of the lining touching the wrong side of the beanie.
Turn the raw edge of the lining under 1/4", pin and stitch to the beanie just above the bottom of the ribbing on the back side.  Double knit fabric won't unravel so you can leave the top edge of the lining raw for a less bulky lining.  With regular sewing thread and needle, catch only the back of your knit stitches so the thread doesn't show on the front of the beanie.
I like to knot my thread every few stitches so if a stitch "pops" the whole lining doesn't come unstitched.  Pull the knot tightly and don't cut the thread; just keep stitching.
 A nice edge, just above the site line of the ribbing.  The lining is invisible on the outside.
 I tack the lining at the top raw edge in about 4 places, just to help keep it from shifting while being worn.
Lining a wool beanie is a great option if the intended wearer is sensitive to wool.  There is nothing like wool for warmth but sometimes it's just too itchy.  This is a great solution for people who are wool sensitive. 


  1. What a wonderful job you did at finishing this hat. I cannot knit this well but I am going to pin this for some friends that do and one is sensitive to wool. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Beautiful job!

    Must keep her toasty and warm :)

  3. Perfect job...knitting and sewing.

  4. Great idea and thanks for telling us how you sewed in the lining. Love the hutch as well.

  5. Hi, I am new to your blog and I love it! You are so talented.
    I knit, but not as good as you. I would love to learn how to knit
    with double pointed needles and make socks. In looking over your older
    posts I have to tell you that I love your spinning wheels. I also own
    two antique spinning wheels, one larger then the other and both complete
    with all their parts. I do not spin. They both reside in our living room
    and I enjoy them both. I love your braided rug...will have to try making
    one sometime. I have braided rugs in my home, but they are all vintage/antique.
    I would love to learn to make my own. I look forward to visiting here...Corinne

  6. I don't spin either Corinne. Although I am often tempted to try, I think I'd never get to the knitting. I hope you visit here often.

  7. You always do such a beautiful job, Bonnie! The beanies look so cute on your girls:)

  8. Thanks for the tips Bonnie -- I knit a hat a year ago and it's just been sitting around waiting on a lining -- now I know how to do it. And what a great idea to knot every now and then!

  9. Wow, that is a ton of snow! We have had quite a bit, but not that much. Yesterday, when I drove my daughter to school, my car thermometer said negative 13, today it was a balmy negative 8. Wool sounds really nice right now! good idea to line them. I love wool. Maybe if I was wearing wool socks, I wouldn't have three pairs of socks on my feet right now. Such a pretty color. Joni

  10. Sorry Bonnie, I was looking at this post, and commenting on your first one too. Brooke looks so cute in her beanie. Joni