Hat Hat

I’ve been knitting a lot with stash lately. It’s apparent from looking at past projects and my stash that, albeit my love for color, I do have a fondness for black and gray. These are my favored neutral colors—when I can’t make a color decision (”Oooh, purple! Oooh, red!”), I usually end up with something in these shades. It was also a pleasure to rediscover Lamb’s Pride Worsted, which knits up into a soft and warm fabric.

For the Greyhound Pets of MN’s upcoming craft sale fundraiser, I knit these two hats. (Kudos to Knittymama for blogging about this event.)

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The one on the left is a Seaman’s Cap knit with Lamb’s Pride Worsted. The striping is cute and unplanned. They just formed this way from the small leftovers I had wound and put away. I misread the pattern (the pertinent line was divided into two by my printer, augh), and knit the ribbed cuff as K2P1 when it should have been K1P2. It looks fine, though. The first gray ball of yarn ran out when the hat was 7 inches long, so I started the crown shaping with the second band of charcoal instead of at 7.5″ as instructed in the pattern. The hat is indeed a little bit short, but I hope it’ll fit a child fairly well.

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For the second hat (on the right in first picture above), I used a pattern that was designed with Lamb’s Pride but substituted the last of the Valley Yarns (WEBS) Berkshire l had. The stitch pattern is straightforward and amazingly stretchy. Only two sizes are given, infant and child. The latter size is what I knit. The pattern says to knit the hat without shaping until about 11 inches, but I didn’t have enough yarn for that, and I didn’t want the brim to fold up either, so I stopped at about 7 or 8 inches. I was amazed that this hat actually fits my head. I’d say this would be a good pattern to try when unsure of the recipient’s size. If I could have, I would’ve kept it for myself. :)

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Specs

Pattern: “Seaman’s Cap” by Brenda Zuk, Needle Beetle Size: Small Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, Charcoal Heather and Deep Charcoal Needles: Boye US 6 circular, Clover US 6 circular, and Clover US 4 DPNs Started: January 12, 2007 Completed: January 17, 2007

Pattern: “Lamb’s Pride Hat” by Kathleen Day, Fiona’s Friends Size: child or small adult Yarn: Valley Yarns (WEBS) Berkshire, black Needles: Lion Brand plastic DPNs US 7 Started: January 10, 2007 Completed: January 11, 2007

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10 Responses to “Hat Hat”

  1. Debra Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Crazy socks! (Zebra entrelac) I started a pair of Entrelac socks in Anne on 00’s… and I just can’t force myself to finish them! :)

    Have you seen the pattern knit up in STR? the striping is perfect for each square.

  2. Renee Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Oh, I really like that second hat. I think I’ll have to try that out for my next charity hat.

  3. Kristi aka Fiber Fool Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    I too like black and gray a lot, though I’ve been tending in a brown direction lately. Your hats look great!

  4. nihal Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    they are so cute. i like the gray one.

  5. Guinifer Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Snowboard Boy is looking for a new hat with some Lisa Souza that we ordered – I think that second hat pattern might be perfect! Thanks a bunch!

  6. hege Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Really nice hats! And they go to such a worthy cause! Thanks for the link to the website with pictures of adorable greyhounds, I can never see enough of those! :)

  7. Chris Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    I really like the 2nd hat, but both turned out really well!

  8. Stephanie Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    I love your hats! Your fondness for black and greys is shared by me too.

    I totally agree, hats are a great way to make a dent in your stash.

  9. mrspao Says:
    January 24th, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Cute hats :) I think we’ll need them here soon as heavy snowfall is forecast.

  10. lorinda Says:
    January 25th, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Like the hats! Nice charity to help out, too.

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