hats


Been awhile, hasn’t it?

I’ve been so busy with school in the last few months, I haven’t had time to blog (and barely time to knit!). Still read my blogroll daily, so I’m caught up, but I hope you haven’t forgotten me!

When I have knit recently, I’ve had colour(work) on the brain.

img 113These herringbone gloves are from a free Japanese pattern here. I do not read Japanese, so I’m knitting them with the help of bablefish translator and nightly prayers. The pattern includes really great charts though, so it isn’t so bad. The first one is going well so far, I’ve finished most of the fingers now. I only hope I can remember everything by the time I get to the second.

img 116Winter doesn’t have much longer to go(hopefully), so I’ll pack them away once I’m done for next fall. I’m using Regia Solid 4-ply in dark brown and white, which I got on sale on a trip to London this Christmas (I have a few London digital photos here, but unfortunately I lost the bulk of my pictures because my film got stuck in the camera :(. ) The fit isn’t that great (I have very small wrists), but they’re super cute, so who cares?

chullo
Next up, Swell from Knitty! This was a request from a cold-headed individual who had no idea what he wanted in a hat, so I searched around and settled on the chullo style, since I’ve always been attracted to it but I can’t really get away with the style myself. I styled it after this hat, which is also knit from a free pattern, but I found Swell to be better written. The yarn is Paton’s SWS (solids) and the needles are size 7. The only mod other than the stripes, was to crochet around the edges. It curled like crazy before that.

gryffindor!
This pattern I think needs no introduction, since it’s been knit by every Harry Potter fan/knitter on the Internet. It’s the Prisoner of Azkaban scarf from atypically.knit. I actually knit this several years ago, before my days with a blog and a camera. It was one of my first projects and I’m still really proud of it. Recently I broke out the sweater shaver and went to town on it, and it looks like new again. No mods on it that I can remember, I wasn’t too brave at the beginning. The yarn is classic merino, and it’s been awhile, but I think the needles were 8s.

That’s all there is to report on. I’m just desperately waiting for Spring because I have some cute warm-weather knits planned and I’d freeze in them on -10 degree days like today.

Hat’s are one of my favourite things to knit. I love the instant satisfaction of them, finishing up in only a few days.

I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of them, but here is the beginning of my collection…

blue beret update

My Big Blue Beret

I had mixed feeling for this hat when I finished it in February. I think mostly because I’m not the kind of person who can get away with a slouchy hat. I loved the colour though, so I wasn’t about to gve up on it.It was well received on craftster though, so I wrote a pattern(I’ll be moving the pattern over to the blog soon) for my fellow knitters.

I recently gave my blue beret a little surgery, shortening it, and adding a pompom. It’s not exactly a beret anymore, so I’ll rename it my Big Blue Ski Cap. 😉

I have pictures of the original on my knitting flickr if you’d like to see the rest.

My Starlet

This hat is one of my knits I’m most proud of. It was inspired by a hat I saw Lindsay Lohan wearing. It took me a long time to figure out the stitch pattern, but I think that made it even more satisfying when I finished it. I will be writing a real pattern for this hat soon, since it became really popular. It was even featured on the Craftster knitting board!

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Marigold

I love this pattern and yarn, if only the hat fit…

I knit this out of left over yellow yarn from my fair isle mittens. Unfortunately I ran out, so I could only do two lace pattern repeats before decreasing. I’ve blocked the hell out of it, but the most length i can get has it resting just above my ears. It wasn’t meant to be I guess. the yarn will be balled up and go back in my stash for some future tiny project.

I’ll probably try the pattern again soon. Maybe for a summer hat.

Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap
This hat was the first project other than socks where I used short row shaping. The hat has a really interesting shape and construction. It’s knit sideways and shaped, then seamed in the back.

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