Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hat Challenge FO #1: Stevedore Hat


Hoo boy.  I wasn't sure about this hat until about two days ago.  See, I was inspired to make it when I saw my friend Ondrea working on a really cute version just about a year ago.  It stuck in my brain, but I sometimes have this problem where I can't use anything in my stash for a project because it just isn't quite suited to it.  I had my heart set on some Tosh Merino Light in some sort of grey, and I finally found the right color at one of my LYSs about six months ago.  I swatched, got gauge, and cast on, but realized after knitting about a foot of the brim that I had cast on with the wrong size needle.  A while after that, when I was no longer angry at it, I cast on again, knit the brim in a day or two, picked up and knit the body of the hat, and then tried it on my head.


And it was tight.  Like, really tight.  And silly-looking.  I put it down for a month or two, then finally threw caution to the wind and finished it the other night.  And lo and behold, a good blocking has turned it from a "maybe" into a "hell yes".  Lumberjack helped me pick out these nicely weathered wooden buttons, and I sewed it all up this last weekend.

I call it the Stevedore hat because a good piece of it was knit in the front seat of my car in Ballard, a part of Seattle known for its maritime industries, while killing 10-20 minutes before class in the morning.


And can I just say that Tosh Merino Light is one of the most fun yarns to work with, ever?

Okay.  Glad we had this talk.

Pattern: Little Things by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in colorway Tern, about 210 yards of a 420-yard skein
Needles: US 2.5 DPNs for the brim, size 4 US 16" Addi Turbo Lace circulars for the body
Mods:  I only picked up something like 120 stitches when I initially picked up stitches for the body of the hat.  On the next row, I increased eight stitches evenly across the round.  It doesn't seem to have affected the fit or anything.
I also only knit 1 inch of i-cord instead of 2 inches at the top, since 1 inch seemed long enough.


Andi said...

I'm glad blocking sorted out the fit. It looks good on you.

Mags said...

Andi's right, it suits you. The fit, and the colour too.