Sunday, March 27, 2011

Finished: Fair isle hat

Pattern: Fair Isle Hat by Sheila Joynes (Vogue Knitting, Fall 2010)
Yarn: Lana Grossa Merino Superfein
Colorway: dark blue, dark green, beige, dark red, light blue, dark camel (where are the labels???)
Price: ?
Amount: less than one ball of each color, I actually think there is enough left to make a pair of mittens
Needles: 3 mm
Gauge: Swatching for small projects is kind of a waste of time, i.e. I was lazy and didn't swatch. It might not have been the worst idea though, because the hat is a tiny bit too big.
Dimensions: It fits my head, but it could be a bit smaller, but still, it's ok.
Modifications: I changed the colors. The original hat is dominated by blue and cool colors and I wanted something with warmer colors. The crown section got shortened.

160 stitches
Crown shaping:
row 1: *k2tog, k5, ssk, k1. Repeat from *.
row 2: k

Repeat rows 1-2 1 more time.

4 rows: *k1 dark blue, k1 light blue. Repeat from *.
5th row: *ssk and k1 dark blue, ssk and k1 light blue. Repeat from *.
6th row: *ssk dark blue, ssk light blue. Repeat from *.

Comments: It's probably one of the most beautiful things I've ever made. :) Creating new color combinations can be so tough, at least for me. What I have noticed is that if you combine two colors together, it might be a good idea that they have distinctive values, otherwise you can't see the pattern well.

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