Hello 2013! I know this is over a week late, but sometimes it takes that long to catch up to a new year. Particularly one as busy as this one promises to be! I think it’s gone off to a good start though. I blocked several things over the weekend and am so happy to have these in working order. :)
First up, Renfrew by Jane Richmond —
The pattern has the knitter knit this inside out from the bottom, meaning most of it’s done in stockinette stitch and flipped inside out to reveal the reverse stockinette stitch as the main side. Pretty clever of Jane and I’m eternally grateful because I do not like purling in the round.
I used the suggested yarn this go around – Madelinetosh Vintage, a 100% superwash merino with 200 yards/skein (the hat takes less than a skein). The color is Flashdance and I was excited to use it since I’ve been hoarding it since last summer. The yarn has wonderful stitch definition and although it relaxed after blocking it still retained its integrity meaning it didn’t stretch ridiculously out of shape or grow to a completely different gauge. This hat is going to a raffle at work so I hope the person who wins it enjoys it as much as I did knitting it.
Next, Perigee hat by Amy Christoffers —
This hat was a revelation. I wouldn’t change anything about it and the suggested yarn (which I actually used!) is exquisite. I firmly believe it was my destiny to make this hat. I guess that puts a lot of pressure on it, but seriously, this is by far the most awesome hat I have ever made for myself. Why? Because I finally found a hat “style” that works for my head type. That may seem like an odd thing to say, but I’m sure everyone has worn hats that aren’t particularly flattering on them or do not fit well. This hat both is flattering (I think) and fits very well. Hooray for a new go-to hat pattern! Raveled here.
The pattern is very well-written and super easy to follow. I made it in about 3 days but could have done it in one if I hadn’t worked on other projects as well. I did the middle size (slouchy) and wouldn’t change a thing. There are instructions in how to make this as a beanie or even more slouchy.
As mentioned above, I had the luck of not only using the suggested yarn (Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK) but also in the same colorway as the sample knit (Inkpot). This yarn is wonderful, simply put. It has 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% silk and comes with 260 yarns/skein. I don’t typically knit with luxury-type yarns but this was a real treat. It blocked beautifully, the drape is perfection and there was absolutely no problem with dye runoff (a common fear with dark-colored hand-dyed yarns). All in all, a 10 out of 10 for this one!
I wanted to finish this off by showing how I blocked these hats. It was my first time using the balloon blocking method and was pleasantly surprised in how well it worked.
The balloons weren’t fully inflated. I made them wide enough to hold the hat on while it dried without stretching it completely out. I actually want to make more hats just so I can use this technique again, it was really fun!