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.
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 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:
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 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!