Slovak Olympic Inspired Hat

Today I bring you the last hat in my Olympic Inspired Hat series – Slovakia

I have to admit I really did not know much about Slovakia before this.  It is a small country, but full of castles, and caves.  Located in the center of Europe, it is bordered by Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

Before I began knitting up this hat, my husband claimed it for himself.  Being that he has a large head, both figuratively and literally, my hat has a slouchy appearance.  He also does not like pompoms on his hats, but a bright burgundy one would add a femine touch and more closely imitate the Olympic hat.  The pattern is knitted in the round 4 times. Continue reading “Slovak Olympic Inspired Hat”


Latvian Olympic Inspired Hat

Here is the second hat in my Olympic Hat Series.

While the Japanese were dressed in neon orange, the Latvian team was much more subtle with long-white parkas.  But, their hat was absolutely stunning and is what inspired this entire series.  I have simplified the complex design, into an easy knit.

This classic beanie style hat would also work in a variety of different color options.  It is worked in the round from the brim up.

To download the pattern, Continue reading “Latvian Olympic Inspired Hat”

Japanese Olympic Inspired Hat

Yesterday I promised a set of new knitting patterns inspired by the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.  Here is the first hat is the series.

The Japanese entered the arena sporting neon orange snowsuits, but the hat is what caught my eye.  It is a simple navy blue hat with a decorative edge.  I did omit the large circle on the side (I assume representing the rising sun) and focused on the hat brim.

This classic beanie style hat would also work in a variety of different color options.  It is worked in the round from the brim up.

To download the pattern, Continue reading “Japanese Olympic Inspired Hat”

Olympic Inspired Knitting Projects

Yes, I know the Olympics are over, but I have been developing this post for a while and am finally ready to share it with you.

While the world was watching the opening ceremony and discussing the joining of the North Korea and South Korea teams, the half-dressed flag bearer from Tonga, or the drone light display, I was drooling over the different hats worn by various countries in the parade of nations.

This has inspired me to develop a series of hats inspired by those worn at the 2018 Olympic Opening Ceremony.  This week, I will be highlighting three countries – Japan, Latvia and Slovakia.

Don’t worry there will be more countries added later this year, but my needles are currently full of baby hats for a local charity.

Happy Knitting!

Olympic SWAP

Are you enjoying watching the Olympics as much as I am?  Most nights you can find my family in front of the television watching the various athletes compete.  I was reminded of a set of mini-gold medals I made for a previous Olympic themed campout, and thought it would be a great time to share them with you.  These would make great SWAPS.

They are super easy to make, but do require a few days of dry time, so be sure to plan ahead.

1 batch of homemade air-dry clay (recipe here)
Small round cookie cutter (1.5 inched in diameter)
A #10 decorating tip (or other tiny round item to make circle impressions)
Gold metallic craft paint
Small craft paint brush
Hot glue gun with glue
Rolling pin
Safety pins

Step 1: Make air-dry clay and allow to cool to room temperature. (Depending on the size of your circle cutter and how many you need you may only need to make 1/2 batch of clay). Recipe found here

Step 2:  Working with a small amount of clay at a time roll it into a sheet just under 1/4 inch think.  Using your round cookie cutter cut out as many circles/medals as you need.

Step 3:  Before the clay begins to harden, use the small end of a #10 decorating tip to create the Olympic rings.  You only want to make a light indention. Be careful not to go all the way through.

Step 4: Allow to dry at least 24 hours.

Step 5: Paint each medal with gold paint, being certain to get into the crevices of the Olympic rings, and the sides.  Allow paint to dry.

Step 6: Place a small loop of ribbon on the back of each medal with a little hot glue, and add a safety pin.