1-? Hats

I wasn’t very project-monogamous in November. Instead of devoting myself to my gift socks like a good knitter, I took breaks with several quick projects. The first two I worked on were hats.

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The first one was fun and went quickly. Through moonfrog, I found smariek knits‘ free hat and chemo cap patterns. I had quite a bit of the Valley Yarns Berkshire left from the two gifts I knit for the two Nicoles (hand warmers and basket) earlier this year, and I decided a hat would be just the thing.

Both sides of my family are cursed gifted with largish heads, so I added enough stitches for another cable. I also skipped the hem and went into the cables immediately, making sure to knit one cable repeat to compensate for length. It turned out pretty well, though it’s a bit short for my taste, and actually is a bit too big. In retrospect, I’d prefer the ribbed hem. I think using smaller needles for the hem might help it fit better, too. In the end, Grandma has adopted it and will take it home; she’ll certainly need it up north.

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I wasn’t yet satisfied, so I started another hat, this time, the NK-84 from Noro Knitting Yarns Booklet #9. Immediately I ran into problems. The instructions say to use 6.5mm (US 10.5) needles for a St.st gauge of 18s/22r=4″. Now, I’ve never actually knit with Kureyon, which this pattern uses, but from reading knitblogs, I knew it was worsted weight, so the pattern information puzzled me. I read through it carefully and nowhere does it say to knit with two yarns throughout, or that it would be felted. I swatched and got gauge, but the fabric was loose, much too loose. In no way did I want a loosely-knit hat that would let in the wind and cold.

Is this typical for Noro’s patterns (possibly just the earlier ones)? The other patterns for Kureyon and Silk Garden in this booklet list the same needle sizes and similar gauge. Are the garments in this booklet intentionally knit at a loose gauge? Are the needle sizes and/or gauge incorrect?

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I grew impatient with my confusion and the delay of a new project. I considered researching online to see if I could find any information, but decided to grab a US 7 circular and cast on the 80 (Correction: 56) stitches as given in the instructions and knitted the scrumptious horizontal rib. I was happy with the fabric I was getting with the smaller needles. It also seemed wide enough to fit the height of my head. So far, so good. I scanned the poster cover of the pattern booklet so you can get an idea of how the hat is supposed to look.

The other picture shows my progress so far. I have knit only one skein of the Silk Garden. I love the muted colorway (#85; definitely not as bright as those pictured in the booklet), and its subtle changes. That bright pink you see is from the provisional cast-on I used. I decided I wanted to graft the two diagonal ends together (instead of sewing the cast-on and cast-off together, as instructed). I am hopeful it will turn out well, but I think I’m subconsciously worried about it and that’s why I’ve stopped working on it.

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2 Responses to “1-? Hats”

  1. Chris Says:
    December 5th, 2006 at 10:06 am

    The only reason you’d use such a large needle on kureyon is if it was big kureyon or if you were going to felt regular kureyon. How odd.

  2. Guinifer Says:
    December 5th, 2006 at 11:12 am

    The hat is very cute, and I like your muted colorways also. What you’re doing looks right…

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