Not super exciting, but this is a hat I knit and dyed for the boyfriend. I’m really happy with how it turned out, but you’re not really taking a risk when knitting a pattern with 600+ projects on Ravelry. It was a fun knit; the cables were interesting but easy, and the pattern has graceful crown decreases which in my opinion is the most important feature in a hat pattern. It drives me nutty when knitted hats just abandon or ruin their established pattern when you get to the crown decreases.
This is how it looked when I first finished; I made it out of Lion Brand Fishermen’s wool and then dyed it with Rit in wine and black. It turned out black, but in certain lights you can see the purply-red tones, and I think that’s awesome.
I think I might make a similar hat for myself but ombre-dye it. Wouldn’t that be the bee’s knees? I sure think so. By golly.
P.S. I apologize for the photobooth pictures. I’m lazy.
P.P.S. Funny theory: I think the boyfriend actually stages the placement of his hat sometimes, because almost every time we hang out it just happens to be sitting around where I can see it. Sweet, right? Cade is probably the most excellent knitted-gift receiver I know.
Alright, so I’m a little obsessed with this hat.
Isn’t it lovely? This was my first time doing traditional fair isle with self-striping yarn, and it was just as rewarding as I imagined it would be. Well, maybe there was a little frustration; See that olive-green-ish section in the middle of the decreases? The design there was particularly lovely, but the color blends in a bit more than I would like it to. Because of that, it’s pretty likely that I will make another hat from this pattern with different yarns soon. Because I really enjoyed making it.
Pattern: Frances Beret
Designer: Fiona Morris
Yarn: MC was a Cascade DK alpaca blend, CC was Noro Chirimen
Time spent: Maybe 4 days, with not a lot of knitting time.
The only odd thing about this pattern was the means by which I attained it. I’ve never seen anything like it before; the pattern was free, and available online, but only if you e-mailed the designer directly. So I e-mailed her and three days later, the pattern was in my inbox. But this lovely design was definitely worth the wait.
Coming up soon:
- Possibly an outfit post. If I get the courage/time/desire to actually do my hair.
- Another shawl release party!
- Some bragging about a particularly awesome thrift store haul.
- How I decorated for the July 4th party.
- The shop opening!
Also, check out this amazing giveaway from Sometimes Sweet! She’s giving away a pair of shoes each day this week, and you know I’m going to blog about it every day for that extra entry. After all, I am the world’s best giveaway hound. Today the shoes are these gorgeous yellow platforms.
A couple days ago Grady tried to pull off this hat while I was driving on the freeway, unable to pull over to free her from the entanglement. The hat got twisted to where she couldn’t take it off (yay chin straps), and covered her eyes. And then she fell asleep. Too cute.
I guess this also counts as an FO post. The hat is from the book Vintage Baby Knits. It’s also available online, but you should buy the book because it’s awesome. The yarn is a merino from a discount store.
(Written from my phone because I don’t have the will to get out of bed. Happy NaBloPoMo.)