Hats for charity

Since releasing my first and only pattern the Cosmonaut chunky hat, I have had big dreams of knitting it up in other yarn combos and adjusting it with tweaks… it is now nearly a year later and the yarn has sat in my craft room.

However inspired by my yarn diet – ie. knitting from stash, and the fact that at work we are collecting money and hats for the antifreeze project by off the fence, I decided to knit as many hats as I could in a few evenings.

I present you 5 hats made following my pattern with some modifications.

The first two follow the pattern as designed and add a pom pom. One notable thing is that the red pattern uses 2 yarns, as I ran out of the main dark red colour.

K3P1 brim – 

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This version just uses a different rib and only for 2.5 inches instead of 5 inches. The rest of the steps I follow just like in the pattern,

K2P2 hat 

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This version uses the pattern K2P2 throughout. Instead of knitting up to 8 inches I only knit up to 7 inches and then I fudged the decreases a little bit to stay sort of in pattern until done.

Stripey beanie version

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This one has been on my mind a lot. I had some of the dark red yarn and yarn from my original pattern version and thought they would look interesting striped together.

for this version I used 9mm needle throughout and cast on 52 stitches. I then striped the colours together every two rows using a jog-less method. As described below:

  • Begin a new stripe by knitting one round as you normally would in the new colour yarn.
  • Lift a stitch. Before starting the next round, use your right needle to lift the stitch below the first stitch of the left needle up onto the left needle.
  • Knit these two stitches together.

For images go to the source here.

 

 

Review: Yarn Space Cadet – Countess Ablaze

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I am not sure if I will regularly post yarn reviews but I fell hard for this one and just wanted to share my infatuation.

Since I started knitting and building a bit of a yarn stash, I have spent a lot at Countess Ablaze. I love her style and yarn bases. Particular favourites are anything using Blue Faced Leicester. Love it.

Her most recent addition to her yarn bases is this Super Bulky, squishy, soft and above all sparkly Merino yarn named Space Cadet. I kind of knew I was sold on it when it was bulkier weight than DK and named something with Space in it! I have a weird soft spot (or you may call it weakness) for heavy weight yarns. Only recently have I found a love for finer yarns but I still crave a big squishy yarn.

 

Not only is this one Super bulky but it also comes in a massive 200g skein!! It is massive! See this comparison shot with a Fingering yarn skein. My yarn winder could not fit a whole skein on it. I had to cake the rest myself without tools.

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What is it like to knit? Well I abandoned all of my current projects (4 in total) to give this a go. I used 8mm and 9mm needles with a simple hat design in mind.

Above you can see the swatch and a medium to large pompom I made and I still have yarn left after completing the hat. It isn’t plied so you can get into some yarn splitting moments but I used my lykke wooden needles and it was pleasant to knit.

Post blocking I got 10 stitches per 4 inches in stockinette knitted flat using 9 mm needles and 10.5 stitches per 4 inches using 8mm needles.

I hence went forth and made a hat. I started a few times getting guidance from some free hat designs from purls soho such as: Snowy Day hat.

You can find the details on my Ravelry page. It is written in a really basic way as it is a basic hat with ribbing and then stockinette and a pom pom!

When you block your garment or swatch you will feel just how soft the yarn is. It kinda feels like it would dissolve, but don’t worry it is quite strong. It does however really bloom and become rather drapey for a super bulky yarn making it perfect for accessories against the skin in my opinion.

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And how have I not mentioned that it sparkles! It has 10% Manufactured Fibers – Stellina in it which is the sparkle! I love it. It may not be for everyone but it made the yarn for me.

Thanks Countess, this base is genius and I can’t wait to see more colours in it. This yarn takes quite a while to properly dry out after blocking so be patient. 🙂

Note: This is my personal opinion, I bought the yarn last week and loved it so much I wanted to share its awesomeness.