Lots of new FOs at Handknits by Susan. A few weeks ago I read a blog post about the need for wool hats for sailors on the ship Decatur. I suddenly felt like knitting a hat, so I did. Then I knit another.
Pattern: Turn A Square by Jared Flood (free pdf pattern in Ravelry)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in maroon (half a ball) and gray (few yards)
Needles: US 4 – 3.5 mm for the ribbing, US 6 – 4.0 mm for the rest of the hat
I made a few mods to this pattern. I omitted the striping, save one large stripe of gray. I tried TechKnitter’s technique for jogless stripes but wasn’t pleased with my results, so I scrapped it all and did my own thing. I also worked a single stitch between the ssk/k2tog decreases and worked the decreases every other rnd to the very top. My lovely assistant Alice is modeling/blocking the hat and her head is an even 21″. The hat is slightly stretched, and 21″ is on the small side, but hopefully it will fit one of the 278 sailors on her ship.
Pattern: Dylan’s Beanie by Woolly Wormhead (free pdf pattern in Ravelry)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in gray (probably little more than half a ball) and navy blue (few yards)
Needles: US 6 – 4.0 mm
My lovely assistant this time is Markus who had just woken up and was kind enough to model the hat. At the kitchen table. While eating breakfast. What a trooper.
This was my first top down hat. Since I’m not a fan of double pointed needles, I started the hat using the magic loop technique. It was a bit fiddly for the first few rounds but it became much easier the further along I got. The top of the hat has a really cool swirly pattern due to the placement of the increases, and the hat is super stretchy. I’m fairly pleased with it, though I think I’ll stick to knitting my hats from the bottom-up. I’m just not very happy with the bind off edge. The first time I bound off, I used larger needles to keep it stretchy. Well, the edge flared out like nobody’s business, so I ripped it out and used size 6 needles which was considerably better. This hat should fit an average size head.
Now it’s time to start knitting gift projects that I unfortunately can’t blog about. Errg.