Please forgive the cell-phone selfies here. I’ve got several hat projects I want to share, and if I wait until my husband or daughter want to play photographer with my real camera I may never get them recorded.
I fell in love with this hat in the spring catalog KnitPicks sent out. I’ve never ordered a whole project kit before, but I very nearly did this time. I ordered the accent yarn colors just as KnitPicks suggested, but chose bare yarn (Stroll sport in this case) instead of the white they called for. I made a few changes to their pattern. First, I subtracted one repeat from their hat width and cast on my fewer amount because hats are always too big on me. Then I knit (knooked, in my case) the arrow/feather thingy right into the hat instead of completing the hat and then double-knitting it on as they suggest. Then, when I finished the hat I realized it was way too long, so I yanked half of it back out and re-knit the decrease section without a plain knit row between each decrease. I never checked my gauge, so mine may be a bit on the large side, but I think it would have been too long in any case as written. Anyway, I’m glad I went to the trouble of getting the fit right because I really like the hat. Although the pattern is called “arrowhead,” I think it looks like a jaunty feather stuck in an otherwise typical slouchy hat. I love the colors for spring. I wore it out today and got compliments on it.
Another One-Skein Wonder project! This is the Marialis scarf from the Designer book. I made it out of Knitpicks sock yarn, Felici I think, but it was a close-out color that had been in my stash a while. I don’t like to knit scarves (had only knitted scarves for children) because I can crochet them so fast and scarves are boring, but I really wanted to try one of the lacy, lightweight yarn patterns that had been catching my eye. I finished this in two weeks and literally picked it up and knitted one repeat every time I had a chance to sit down. Load the dishwasher–knit a repeat! Bath a child–knit a repeat! Feed the dog–you get the idea! I took to shouting out numbers after every repeat, just so I could know I was making some progress. It was totally arbitrary, because the pattern just says to “knit to desired length,” and I ran out of yarn at about the right length, but it was a mental boost to count my repeats. Even baby Daphne started called out “yeah!” along with my other kids to cheer me on when I yelled a number. This game was probably the only thing that got me through the whole thing, because now I can confirm that I don’t like knitting scarves. It’s just boring.
Anyway, this one was worth the trouble. The pattern is very pretty and the yarn is soft and warm around my neck. The sock yarn has a lot of nylon in it, I think, so the lace has tendency to curl up a little against my warm skin and not lay out flat like I blocked it, but it still looks nice. The color pattern of this yarn worked really well with this lace, which was just luck but made me happy.