It’s the third of the three hats I planned this winter. It’s been awhile since I actually finished this hat and a lot of things have happened in my life the last couple of months. I don’t remember all the details. I think most of the knitting was done in March and then I forgot about it. I finished it in April, blocked it, and left the weaving in ends and the photos until recently because of my hellish May.
I love lopi yarn. I received this skein also for free from my local Buy Nothing group. I knew I had to make something with it. Great colour. I wish I had more yarn to do an additional repeat of the cables but I was running out at the end. I wanted a folded brim as well for the extra cold days. As in my recent hat projects, I also made it tall for my hair bun.Continue reading →
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, started January 24th 2018, finished April 10th 2018.
Pattern: Two by Two by Anne Gagnon
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
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.
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, started June 2, 2017, finished June 15, 2017.
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
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
Cost of Project: $4 for skein
Would I knit it again? Yes and maybe decrease slightly earlier and/or make it taller.
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.
Pattern: Cabled Dad Hat by Alexis Winslow
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
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.
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.