Thursday, February 23, 2006

More Hats

Well, I gave up on trying to get the tri-color hat done for Soma in time for her to wear it this winter. I've knit up several inches, then didn't like the feel, or the look, or whatever, and so ripped it and started again and again and again. So, to make her something she could wear sooner rather than later, I raided the stash of cream Micro Chic (Gedifra) I was hoarding for myself, and made her a hat.

Anyway, here's the hat I made for Soma in the yummy Micro Chic:

The folded brim is actually knit as a strip. I used a provisional cast-on, then worked the 8-row ribbing pattern for 23 inches, and then grafted the two ends together. The stitches for the rest of the hat were picked up around one edge of the ribbed circle, and then worked in the round to the crown, which I also finished by grafting (Kitchener stitch) instead of the usual cut-the-yarn and-pull-it-through-the-remaining-stitches. It gave the top a nice flat finish, rather than the little poochier thing the other method leaves.
(The scarf I made her is also in Micro Chic - see the Wrapped and Gone entry for a photo of Mikey modeling it.)

I rather like the hat and think I'll make one for myself, which is pretty silly since I'm not a hat person. So, well, maybe someone else will get it. Or I'll donate it. Anyway, I started the brim strip in Tahki's New Tweed that I just happen to have three skeins of (gawd I love yarn sales!):

And here's the three-color slip-stitch hat that is in progress. The yarns are KnitPick's Wool of the Andes, in Winter Night (blue), Cloud (pumpkin), and Daffodil (I don't need to spell this one out, do I?)

It will, I fear, be in progress for a while, because it seems to aggravate my carpal tunnel and shoulder stuff, since there is a lot of repetitive movements round and round and round (the hat being worked in the round on a #8 circular needle). Fortunately, it is fun to do, and it will go faster once I get to the point, about 4 more inches from now, when I can start the crown decreases.

And now, I think I'll get back to knitting instead of yakking.


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