I have nothing grand to share — nothing that will compare with Susan’s last two project posts. But it’s not a competition, right?
I’m almost finished with a sweater. I would be wearing that sweater today if I hadn’t been sidetracked by a lovely hat that reminded me of a favorite poem: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens. My favorite stanza is the last (although I love them all).
My hat has fourteen birds, not thirteen. Close enough.
The pattern is Passerine designed by Erica Heusser. I knit it out of two shades of Tosh Merino Light, which I had in my stash: Well Water and Composition Book Grey. I love the tonality and the mood the two colors created. (I only wish the Well Water hadn’t gotten so very thin in a few spots.)
I made a few modifications. The pattern tells you to cast on with your contrast color and then, on the first row, start 1 x 1 twisted rib using the main color. I knit one row plain in the main color before starting the ribbing. The reason for this was to avoid purl bumps in the contrast color — you get a sharper, cleaner line. The row of plain knit disappears once you start the ribbing.
Next, I used Susan’s invisible stranding technique from her It’s Not About the Hat pattern. One advantage of having Susan as a sister is that she even drew out the extra stitch lines for me. Thanks, sis! I also used Susan’s shaping from her free One Day Hat pattern. I wanted a closer fitting type hat rather than the slouchier look in the original pattern.
As for photos, well, it’s hard to take a picture of a hat on yourself! So I have one not so great photo. I’m traveling to meet up with friends tomorrow. If I can persuade one of them to act as a model, I might be able to get some better pictures.