This 22-page pattern is tremendously detailed and holds your hand every step of the way. It includes all three hats, detailed instructions for making the twisted cord and the unspeakably adorable little tassels, and even some delightful little postcards you can print out and pop in an envelope along with a hat to remind someone you’re thinking of them.
Skills & scope
Each hat fits in the palm of your hand and takes only a few hours to knit. The knitting is surprisingly mellow, you’re only ever working with one color per row (all the drama comes from slipped stitches). The tassel is optional, but I think it’s adorable, and you should probably give in to your baser instincts and make one (don’t worry, the pattern tells you how).
Yarn, gauge & sizing
The hats comes in one size (intended to be a decoration, not something you wear).
You can make them in any weight of yarn, and the finished size will change depending on what yarn you use. You don’t need to match any particular gauge, but I found I liked mine best if I knit a fairly tight fabric (so the contrast color doesn’t show through).
You can absolutely use scrap yarn for this.
The hats in the pictures each took less than 30 yards of the main yarn (blue or orange in the pictures), less than 15 yards of the accent yarn (white in the pictures). I worked in fingering weight yarn at about 8 stitches per inch to get hats that are about 3 inches across and 3 inches high (not counting the tassel). The tassels each took about 20 yards of the main yarn (white in the pictures) and about 1 yard of the contrast yarn (blue or orange in the pictures). Each piece of twisted cord took about 1 yard of yarn.
Tools & supplies
You’ll need needles that let you work in the round (circulars or DPNs) in whatever size lets you get a solid fabric with your chosen yarn plus the general knitting tools you need for most projects (scissors to cut your yarn, a darning needle to weave in ends, the occasional stitch marker or bit of scrap yarn to hold stitches).
If you want to make tassels, you’ll need either a tassel maker or a piece of sturdy cardboard (a few inches wide and little more than twice as long as you’d like your tassel to be) that you can cut with scissors.