Would you knit this hat?
I thought so.
You can do it in grownup size too -- picture not yet available.
I bet the urge to knit this hat would be even stronger if you knew that knitting this hat could help impoverished people find economic independence and dignity through Heifer International.
This remarkable hat was designed by Knitting Asylum correspondent Mary Lou Egan.
I like the fact that this particular animal hat looks much more realistic than the stuck-on-ears look which is so typical of the animal-hat genre. I like the fact that the contrasting stitching on the ears quite nicely mimics the guard hairs on a real tiger's fur, and the ear structure seems to be organic.
But this hat is remarkable in other ways, too. Mary Lou wants the sales of her hat pattern to benefit Heifer International. I am trying to help her in that end, and I believe the most direct way for me to help is to start by giving the hat a review here on my blog, urging you knitters to buy the pattern, and encouraging yarn stores to sell the pattern and forward the proceeds to Heifer International.
My review of the pattern assures you that it is well-written and easy to follow. It's all easy stranded work too, for those of you who fear intarsia in the round.
To purchase this pattern directly, contact Mary Lou at:
marylou DOT egan AT gmail DOT com.
Of course, substitute periods for "DOT" and @ for "AT."
This is a fun hat to knit and a fantastic charity. I hope you give it your most serious consideration. Christmas is only nine months away.
P.S. - No, patterns for the ridiculously adorable kids are not available yet. Mary Lou is damn good at charting tiger stripes, but I think it would take her a while to chart the human genome.