Last Sunday was a pretty exciting day here because I finished not one but TWO hats. One had been on the needles for nearly a month, and one for just a few days. You know how knitting is…
I think she looks pretty happy about it! She requested a hat that was snug around the forehead but roomier thereafter, so I increased the stitch count by 20% right after the ribbing. She also wanted a generous amount of “hang time” in the back and that’s exactly what we have here. (Photos taken in her lab – it looks super science-y, yes?)
I think you can tell from these two photos that the fabric really loosened up after blocking. I used Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere (70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon). Its put up is a generous 113 g skein; this hat used 103 g. The ribbing is a little over 4” and then there is about 10” more to the top of the crown.
The other hat is a quickie I made for Boy 1, whose minion hat is showing major signs of wear. The pattern is Windshief.
You can see that he’s tugged it down over his ears. It might help if I had worked a few more rounds before starting the decrease… but I also think I need to try a pattern that has a little bit of shaping. He doesn’t like a hat that crowds his eyes, but he wants his ears covered. I might not need a full ear flap, but maybe something like the 1898 Hat?
The weather here has turned toward spring and I think these hats won’t be worn until next year. I was just a couple weeks too late with them – we had temps in the 20s earlier this month. But, as knitters know, winter always comes again. AND WE WILL BE READY.