Saturday, October 20, 2012
I knitted this hat without a pattern. Hats are my sanctuary. They are so quick, and you can customize each one to make it different than the last. I just wish you could wear them all year. Then I would have a justification for all the hats I've been making lately.
Both yarns are a wool blend. I love the colors in the contrast yarn. I tried to showcase the multicolored yarn by alternating knit and purl rows in the round (which would be garter stitch if I had knit it flat) and I like the results. From the right side, the ridges make the colors pop. And I think that the gray blends into the background, leaving the fun colors in the contrasting yarn for the spotlight.
I used the same crown shaping as with this hat. I really enjoy the look of this shaping, and it keeps me interested while I'm knitting. I never get bored with it.
When I try this again, I will make it a little longer. This hat is more of a beanie and that's not what I was going for. It still looks nice and fits well, but I like my hats with a little more depth to be able to pull down further over my ears when it gets windy. Probably another inch of stockinette after the contrasting garter ridges would be perfect!
Here is the general pattern guideline for worsted weight yarn:
Main color (MC): I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease worsted in gray.
Contrast color (CC): I used Sensations It's A Wrap bulky in purple/rose.
Cast on 80 stitches in CC for adult sized hat & join to work in the round.
Change to MC.
Knit 2x2 rib for 2 inches.
Knit stockinette in MC for 1 inch.
Change to CC.
Knit one round.
Purl one round.
Alternate knit and purl rounds for 3 inches. Be sure to end with a purl row.
Change to MC.
Knit stockinette for 1 inch.
Shape crown as desired.
Next time, I might try these changes:
1/2 inch stockinette in main color before ridges instead of 1 inch
3 inches stockinette in main color after ridges before decreasing
yarn name: Lion Brand Wool-Ease (main), Sensations It's A Wrap (contrast)
yarn type: 80% acrylic, 20% wool (main); 75% nylon, 25% wool (contrast)
colorway: Gray (main); Purple/Rose (contrast)
yardage: ~100 yards (main); ~30 yards (contrast)
needle size: US 8 (5.0mm) circular and double-pointed