Sunday, April 20, 2008

Never say "Never".....

Yup.... I said before that I never knit the same pattern again... Well, I'm eating my words now, because I made 7 Better Bucket hats. The pattern is so easy and quick to knit - it's simply addictive. And the hats make neat gifts, too. Making them with Malabrigo Merino Worsted does not hurt either :-) . What a wonderful yarn! Not a hint of scratchiness! Just soft, soft, soft.... and yet it feels 'meaty' and substantial during knitting. The colors are nice and rich for the most part. I love this yarn!

So, here are the 7 hats I made:

Hat #4 was made with Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Sprout. With this one, I did not make any modifications to the original pattern and you can see that the brim does not flare out much.

The remaining 6 hats were made with Malabrigo Merino and I applied the same pattern modifications to each.
The differences in the degree of brim flare were achieved through blocking, e.g. with hat #2, I flared out the brim more than in hat #7.
Hat #6a is a felted version of hat #6. I did not like that specific skein colourway, but it looked nice on my daughter, so I shrank it for her (approx. 3 min in the washer). I later made one for myself in the same, but deeper, more saturated colourway.

The Malabrigo colourways used for the hats are as follows:
1. Amoroso
2. Pink Frost
3. Glazed Carrot
5. Christmas Green
6 and 6a. Glazed Carrot
7. Buscando Azul

What's on my needles now? My first attempt at a knitted toy. I'm trying to make Lola Curly the Pig. So far, it's kind of fun.
I'm using Vanna's Choice Solid by Lion Brand, in Dusty Rose, on US size 4 needles. The resulting fabric is quite dense, actually, and feels pretty stiff. However, it beats TLC Essentials Solid, which I tried for this project in the beginning, but it felt extremely scratchy and stiff. So much so, that it could successfully double as a pot scrubber. Not very pleasant to knit with - at least not for this project and on such small needles.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

What am I working on?

My 7th a Better Bucket hat!!! Yes - 7th! I'll post more details/photos later, when all 7 will be finished, blocked and presentable. Talk about an addictive pattern! For now, however, I'm posting the details of the modifications I made to the original pattern (I wanted to make the brim flare out a bit more and to fit a 22-22.5" head without too much of a stretch).

Here is a link to a photo of the original hat by Amy Swenson (the hat's designer).

Here is a link to a free pattern for this addictive hat.

My version with modifications:

Bucket azul 2

OK, here are the modification details:

brim made on size 8 needles, body of hat on 7

Provisional CO 100 sts
Knit 2 rounds
(K9, k1fb) x 10 (110 sts)
Knit 4 rounds
(K10, k1fb) x 10 (120 sts)
Knit 4 rounds
(K11, k1fb) x 10 (130 sts)
Knit 3 rounds
Purl 1 round
Knit 3 rounds
(K11, k2tog) x 10 (120 sts)
Knit 4 rounds
(K10, k2tog) x 10 (110 sts)
Knit 4 rounds
(K9, k2tog) x 10 (100 sts)
Knit 2 rounds

Join hem and proceed as in original pattern until the crown decreases.

Crown decreases:
(k8, k2 tog) x 10 (90sts)
k 3 rounds
(k7, k2 tog) x 10 (80sts)
k 3 rounds
(k2, k2 tog) x 20 (60sts)
k 2 rounds
(k4, k2 tog) x 10 (50sts)
k 2 rounds
(k3, k2 tog) x 10 (40sts)
k 1 round
(k2, k2 tog) x 10 (30sts)
k2 tog around (15 sts)
You can draw thread through these 15 sts and finish hat, or continue decreasing a bit more.

Since we're on the 'hat' topic, here is the photo of my version of the Koolhaas Hat.

Koolhaas a Koolhaas b

That was such a fun knit! Easy, yet engaging enough not to be boring. This pattern provides an excellent opportunity to learn cabling without a needle.
Yarn - Handmaiden Fine Yarn 4 Ply Cashmere (1 skein)
Needles - US size 2 and 4
Because the yarn I used is thinner than the pattern’s original, I cast on 128 sts (16 pattern repeats) and made Rows 1-8 of chart 6 times total. Finished circumference: 15-16” unstretched.
And it feels like a dream on my head! A crown of cashmere! Yum!