I guess a recurring theme is how different the same or similar patterns can look if you change the yarn. This week I have pulled out examples of a basic beanie pattern.
Some of these hats are exactly the same, knit in the same color and yarn by the same knitter. All of the hats are very similar. The colors are similar, mostly in blues and greens with just a few outside that range. There are only minor differences in design. Some have a brim, most do not. One of them is in reverse stockinette. If you have never knitted a hat before, this is a good place to start. I will be traveling later this summer and this is the type of hat I will be knitting. It will not require as much of my focus leaving me free to look at the scenery or talk to friends and relatives. I have mentioned it before but it is probably worth repeating. When it comes to a basic beanie, turn-a-square by Jared Flood is the most popular.
These are also basic beanie patterns, but the knitters added stripes. They are dominated by blues but there is still a lot of variation, both in the colors of the stripes and the pattern of those stripes. For knitters who want a basic beanie, but want to change it up a little bit, this is a great way to add some interest without adding complexity.
I hope you are having a great summer. Hats are a great summer project, light and portable and with a simple pattern, easy enough to fit into your busy summer plans.