XL Ganomy Hat

Ganomy and Jesse

Pattern: Ganomy Hat from Knitters' Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn: Wool scraps - Patons Merino and Elann's worsted weight stuff
Needles: US 8

Notes: This is a great hat pattern. It covers the ears, but isn't your average earflap cap, either. I want one for myself, but never had the random skein of warm yarn around to make it in a color I really liked. The Stitch Therapy is having a hat drive this month benefitting CHIPS homeless shelter / soup kitchen, and that seemed like a good opportunity to give it a go with some leftover wool. They're collecting men's larges, so I set about casting on an absurd number of stitches to make like a 23" hat. It was completed in one night - through The Squid and the Whale and No Direction Home, Vol. 1.

A note on the shaping: I kind of did a lot of the decreases at the last minute because I lost track of where they were supposed to begin, so the decreases are more severe and the head is more rounded than in the EZ pattern.

Oh, and thanks to Dena's boyfriend Jesse for stepping in as male model in Chris' absence! I attacked him with it in Rockefeller Center last night, and he didn't even punch me in the nose. Thanks, Jesse!

Here it is laid out:

Ganomy Hat

And here's how the XL hat fits my weird girl head!

XL Ganomy Hat, Rockefeller Center

Posted by jess at September 7, 2006 9:33 PM | TrackBack

You're adorable in anything.

Posted by: Lauren at September 7, 2006 10:08 PM

i love it, now i must buy that book!

Posted by: Sandra at September 7, 2006 10:14 PM

thank you so much for posting this! we have the knitter's almanac, and i never would have thought to knit this hat from the picture in the book. but i LOVE it here. guess dad's getting one of these for xmas!

Posted by: sarah at September 7, 2006 10:54 PM

Great hat! I second the notion that I never would have made it from the pics in did EZ proud!

Posted by: Debi Leshin at September 8, 2006 12:04 AM

That is a cool hat!

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at September 8, 2006 1:19 AM

love that hat, especially the way the two colours dovetail together.
On you it's somewhat reminiscent of a medieval knight's helmet ;^)
I mean that in the nicest possible way!

Posted by: Carson at September 8, 2006 1:43 AM

see, a ginormous hat looks super cute on your normal sized girl head.

however, in order for me to have a super cute picture of a ginormous hat, i'd have to knit it beyond human proportions in order to dwarf my 24.5" head.

sigh... i'd like even one part of me to be tiny and cute...

and yay for knitting for people who never get handknit yummy goodness! you rule!

Posted by: heatherfeather at September 8, 2006 2:26 AM

what did you think of the squid and the whale? it made me long to live in park slope in the late 70s. (it was late 70s, right? i saw it a few months back.) so many elbow patches and floral skirts. still no parking.

Posted by: carrie m at September 8, 2006 8:36 AM

That is a great hat! I hace been looking for hats to make for our MS fundraiser this year and I think this might be one of them. Definitely a perfect boarder hat, and this tele-skiier wants one too!

Posted by: holly at September 8, 2006 10:43 AM

Wow, I have that book but the hat never caught my eye (til now!!) Thanks for sharing your pics!!

Posted by: Aija at September 8, 2006 11:39 AM

seeing "The Squid and the Whale" in Park Slope gave me some sort of weird satisfaction... did you feel the same?

I love that Ganomy.. I want to make another. Great colors.

Posted by: j a r e d at September 8, 2006 11:55 AM

Great hat, now you can totally reenact the Frenchmen scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

Posted by: Jennifer at September 8, 2006 1:09 PM

Cute hat. It looks like your whole head would be very warm in the winter.

Posted by: Dorothy B at September 8, 2006 4:43 PM

You must be one of the few people who can wear this hat and look cute in it. If I put on a hat like this, my husband will definitely walk ten feet away from me. Nevertheless, I might make one just to keep my ears warm in the winter.

And what a great way to do good, have fun knitting, and get rid of all the scraps!

Posted by: Hooney at September 8, 2006 5:40 PM

the hat looks great! i really like the colors, too. looks very warm and snuggly.

Posted by: amisha at September 8, 2006 6:46 PM

I totally love this hat, how very cool it is - love the colors too!

Posted by: Dipsy D at September 9, 2006 2:45 AM

Gah- so cute! I love this hat. I want one out of Noro Silk garden now. And yay for charity knitting, I plan to do some this fall and winter. You know it's appreciated.

Posted by: Julia at September 10, 2006 8:15 PM

Coolness! What a crazy and at the same time so useful hat with its (warming) 'earflaps'!!

Posted by: Elena at September 12, 2006 10:59 AM
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