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    FO: Two by Two Hat

    Two by Two Hat

    Awhile back, I made my friend Mark a cowl and for his May birthday, I would knit him a hat in time for the Australian winter. I had three skeins of this Briggs & Little yarn creating two mens’ hats and one cowl from it. I love a nice blue. The knitting of this project did not take three months, but I did put it aside for some socks in between. I modified it to be smaller cast on and I hope it’s warm and snug.

    Two by Two Hat

    Two by Two, started January 24th 2018, finished April 10th 2018. Ravelry Project Page
    Pattern: Two by Two by Anne Gagnon Ravelry Pattern Page
    Made for: Mark, 55cm head circumference.
    Yarn: Regal by Briggs & Little – Worsted – 100% Wool (249 meters / 113 grams) – 1 skein
    Needles: US6/4.0mm 40″/100cm circulars

    Two by Two Hat

    Modifications & Notes:

    • German Twisted CO 96 sts
    • Knit to 8.5” before decreases
    • Had 24sts between markers for dec

    Cost of Project: The skein cost about $3.99
    Would I knit it again? Maybe.

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    FO: Jacques Cousteau Hat

    Jacques Cousteau Hat

    This nice blue hat was made for my partner for his summer birthday. He selected the pattern amongst a number of hat patterns I showed him in early spring. He was a fan of M Cousteau growing up.

    This popular pattern has been in my queue awhile. Looks great and I made a lot of mods from the pattern including using an worsted/aran yarn and another needle size. I tried 120sts on 3.5mm and it was too big. I hoped the 100sts would not be too tight and it fits well for a toque. The only thing I may change next time is that the double decreases do look abrupt at the top when you aren’t wearing it. I am not sure how I’d alter it. Other than that, easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    Yarn is workhorse and very twiggy. Also love using a Canadian producer.

    Jacques Cousteau Hat

    Jacques Cousteau Hat, started June 2, 2017, finished June 15, 2017.Ravelry Project Page
    Pattern: Jacques Cousteau Hat by Lalla Pohjanpalo
    Made for: P – 23” Head circumference
    Yarn: Briggs & Little Regal – 100% wool – 46 Royal Blue – 272 yards/249 meters – 113g – 1 skein
    Needles: US6 4.0mm – 40”/100cm circular

    Jacques Cousteau Hat

    Modifications & Notes:

    • German Twisted CO 100 sts on 4.0mm
    • Knit K3P2 for 8”
    • Decrease: sl1, k1, psso
    • First dec row: K21 in pattern, dec, pm; k32 in pat, dec, pm; k23 in pat, dec, pm; p2.
    • Knit in patt until 2 sts before each marker, dec, slip marker, repeat
    • Knit dec for 2” then double decrease row: K in patt until 4 sts before each marker, k2tog, sl1, k1, psso, slm, rep – until 12 sts remain
    • Break yarn, pass through sts

    Jacques Cousteau Hat

    Cost of Project: $4 for skein
    Would I knit it again? Yes and maybe decrease slightly earlier and/or make it taller.

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    FO: Cabled Dad Hat

    Cabled Dad Hat

    With so much leftover from the Lion Brand Fishermaen’s Wool, I decided to make myself a hat to match my cowl.

    Cabled Dad Hat, started November 16, 2016, finished November 2, 2016. Ravelry Project Page
    Pattern: Cabled Dad Hat by Alexis Winslow Ravelry Pattern Page
    Yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool – 100% Wool – much less than one skein.
    Needles: US 6 – 4.0 mm and US 7 – 4.5 mm long circulars

    Cabled Dad Hat

    Modifications & Notes:

    • German Twisted CO 96 instead of 120
    • 1×1 Twisted Rib for 3.5”
    • Knit the main rep almost 7.5”. I should have knit more because I didn’t realize how fast the hat decreases. Not a big fan of how the hat decreased as the pattern has them too quickly and on dec rows, right after another.
    • If the hat were the original 120, it would have been too big. I do think going up to 5.0mm would have been good to make it a smidge bigger.

    Cabled Dad Hat

    The modifications resulted in a slighter tighter band if the band is flipped over. The best thing is that when left unflipped, the hat fits my hair bun wonderfully. I think I could have made the rib 4″ which would have been very slouchy, but my hair would have fit nicely in there.

    Cost of Project: This was one third of the skein which cost $7 a skein years ago.
    Would I knit it again? Yes.