Day 6

I don’t get a lot of requests for specific knitted items, so when I do it’s best to pay attention.  Especially when the request comes from Sweetie, who wants a hat to match this baby hat I recently made.  Awww…

Kilkenny Hat from wooly wormhead
Kilkenny Hat from Wee Wooly Toppers

So we discussed colors and came up with a combination that I have been told is very fashion forward.  And here I was just trying to use up some stash yarn!  Since the hat was knit with two strand of worsted weight yarn held together, I decided to forego the stitch pattern in the body of the hat.  Instead, the playfulness of the two colors is the star.

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  • Pattern: Harvest Hat, improvised by me and Ravelled here
  • Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Jil Eaton Minnow Merino in Orangini and Valley Yarns Stockbridge in Light Gray, approximately 95 yards each
  • Needles: US size 9 circulars

The baby hat that inspired this pattern is knit starting at the purled icord, increasing into the earflaps.  You make two, then join them together with new stitches before beginning to knit in the round.  After some trial and error, I decided to forego this method.  Instead, I cast on the brim stitches and knit the hat on its own.  I then went back and picked up stitches from the cast on edge and knit the earflaps directly onto the hat.  I’m pleased with how this turned out!

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I hadn’t knit with the Minnow Merino before.  It’s a single ply superwash merino, intended for use with kids patterns.  I have two skeins of it in a hot pink shade that I think would make another lovely hat.  It’s a little fuzzy for my taste, but played very well with the plied Stockbridge yarn.  That grey yarn just won’t get out of my life, by the way.  First I knit a sweater with it.  Then a hat.  And now this!  It’s a great yarn, but I’m seriously tired of it.  I have two untouched skeins in my stash if anyone in my SnB Group is interested!  Really.  Let me know.

IMG_1662Playing with the Antique wash in iPhoto, trying to hide the fact that I just got up…

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2 thoughts on “Day 6

  1. I have serious envy, you have a great hat and you look great wearing it!!! I really like the way the two colours work together. I look woeful in a hat!!

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