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August 22, 2009

From Susan — Even MORE Hats!

Filed under: Hats,Updates — lv2knit @ 9:15 am

As I promised, there are even more hats on the loose in my house.  Hats are fun because they are fast.  And that makes them my new best friend.

This small booklet came out a week or two ago and there a couple of hat patterns that I liked.

Made in Brooklyn by Jared Flood

As mentioned in the last post, I started my Lace Beret in pale gray Fresco yarn.  I also have some cream Fresco in my stash.  One of Jared’s hats uses four colors of Fresco, two of which I already had!  Woo Hoo!  I ran out and bought the other two colors and voila:

Beaumont Beanie by you.
Beaumont Beanie in Classic Elite Fresco

This hat is baby bunny soft and has a halo about it.  Four skeins is enough yarn to make two hats.  There are two versions of the same hat: one is the beanie you see here and the other is a tam that is shown in two colors only.  The main difference is the gauge.  This hat is knit on US size 5 needles, with a gauge of 31 sts/4 inches.  And I thought I was a tight knitter!  My knitting looked very sloppy to me as I was going along, so I decided it was trying to become a tam.  Plus, the ribbing was way too tight and so it was shaped like a tam.  I wet blocked it on a plate and everything:

Beaumont Beret by you.

It’s pretty as a tam, BUT it started to shrink.  As soon as it was off the plate it started getting smaller!  So, I re-wet it and blocked it as a beanie.  The finished gauge: 31 sts/4 inches.  Another knitting mystery.   I also had to cut off and re-work the ribbing so it would not cinch in so much.  I bought some dark blue to go with the pale gray to make a hat for my younger daughter in her school colors.

The other hat I made from the book is the one from the cover, called Quincy:

Quincy Manos by you.
Quincy in Manos Del Uruguay, Color Prairie

It has a really fun and unusual construction, and when you put it on, you never want to take it off.  It is SO comfortable!  The criss-cross can go anywhere on your head, however you want to wear it.   My DD (the elder) even liked it and wants one for this winter.  I have a feeling I’ll be making a few of these!

August 19, 2009

From Susan — More Hats!

Filed under: Hats — lv2knit @ 6:37 pm

Sally mentioned being in the mood to make hats, and I think there must be something in the air!  I’ve been noticing a lot of cute hat patterns lately:

First, the recent Vogue Knitting (Hi, Trisha!) included a very nice array of hats.  I decided to try Lace Beret #13:

I really liked the use of a Japanese-inspired lace pattern.  I started out with pale gray Fresco from Classic Elite and loved the hat….but thought it might lack stitch definition.  So, I started again with Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca and Silk in a copper color:

Lace Tam 13 by you.

Lace Tam 13 001 by you.

The yarn is a little heavier than that called for, so I made the smaller size, with a slightly larger needle to yield a large beret. I got it done and then asked my knitting peeps which hat they preferred — they all said the gray one.  So, I finished the gray one:

Lace Tam Number 13 Vogue 004 by you.

It has a softer look to it and is fuzzier.  Honestly, I do not think I could choose between them.  The gray hat is in a finer yarn (more like the pattern), so I knitted it to a smaller gauge.  There are 9 pattern repeats in the gray and only 8 in the copper. 

I absolutely love the Fresco yarn.  I LOVE it!!  So, I started another hat in Fresco…more about that in a day or so.  With our knitting in slow mo, we can’t show everything in one day!  Stay tuned for more hats!!

PS: when I have polled people with the finished hats, they are split pretty much 50-50 on which one they like best.

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