Knitting Love


The Ribbed Watchman’s Hat has got to be the most basic hat ever conceived, but I love it, especially when I’m knitting for someone whose head size I don’t exactly know. Between the fold-over brim and the ribbing, it fits just about everyone.

Someone who is very important in my life is going through chemotherapy right now and has just begun to lose his hair. I don’t get to spend as much time with him as I’d like, so I knit him this hat hoping it would carry my love and concern for him and give him a way to keep those feelings close even when I can’t be there myself.

IDF Hat in progress 2

The yarn I chose was Berroco Comfort in the Finnian’s Rainbow colorway.

In the past when I’ve needed something super soft and washable, I’ve used Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo. I also really like Tahki Yarns Calypso for softness, but it’s not machine washable, plus it’s been discontinued (it’s on sale at Webs right now if you want to grab a skein or two for half price).

Do you have a go-to soft, washable yarn that has enough spring to let whatever you’re making hold its shape? It seems like I’m forever looking for something like this, so I’d love to hear about anything you’ve tried and liked.

Back to the Berroco Comfort . . .

IDF-Hat-2-webThis yarn is super soft. I can’t imagine its causing irritation to even the most sensitive skin. And it does have a bit of elasticity. The thing I’ve been wondering is how it will wear, but guess what! Dana over at Yards of Happiness just posted about using it for a sweater, so I’m encouraged!

In other news I’m sorry for the lack of posts over the past week. It’s just been hard, ya know? The world is too much with us. . .



  1. I love that color and I’ve had the pattern in my Library for awhile now. I’ve used Berroco Comfort in the solids and prints. I love the way it knits up and the fact that it’s machine washable. I knit a ton of hats last year for family and I mostly went with yarns that I picked up at Michael’s. The softest ones were Lion Brand Hometown USA Solids, Neons & Multis, Red Heart Gumdrop and Caron Simply Soft. I needed to make sure that all of them were machine wash/dry.

    • melinda

      Thank you so much for the yarn suggestions, Paula! I will give all of these a try. It’s great to hear that you’ve used the Berroco Comfort on multiple occasions. It must hold up pretty well. It seemed a little fragile when I was knitting with it in that I ended up with some split/fuzzy stitches here and there, but it sounds like that was just an aberration. Good to know!

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