Wednesday, October 10, 2012
As they keep saying on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. To help some folks prepare for the cold season, I made these hats for a charity hat drive on Ravelry, and was able to do a bit of stash-busting of odd skeins of wool and to try out some of the dozens of free hat patterns available on the site. I kool-aid dyed the light blue and the violet yarn from a reclaimed sweater I've knit a couple of other projects from already. Most of the other hats were made with worsted wool held double. These were fun and quick to make, and then they went into the mail.
Seeing all these hats flying off my needles, Michael decided he wanted one too. He picked a dark grey wool from my stash, and a motif from one of Alice Starmore's Fair Isle books. I used the stitch count from the Strib hat pattern, which I'd made as written in the variegated yarn for donation. It calls for a 96-stitch cast-on, and I substituted one section of ribbing for the various ribbing sections in the pattern. The motif was in a 12-stitch repeat, and so all the math worked out neatly.
Here's the finished hat. It's reminded me how much I like color work, and it was very satisfying to whip out in a couple of days. I knit the color work section in a very peaceful couple of hours on a Sunday morning.
I asked my son if he wanted a hat too, and he picked the same grey, but with no motif. He's a minimalist.
I'm already happy with my winter hat, which I made a couple of years ago from the Columbia beret pattern (also free) which I made in red. Now I'm thinking I may want to knit myself some nice gloves, and I'm considering these. Yes, gloves with birds on them. How perfect is that?