November 6, 2007

An Unoriginal Hat

Yesterday morning, when Sam's buddy Emily turned up to walk to school, she was wearing a cute, bulky knit cap. When I asked her who had made it for her, she looked at me like I was crazy like a bag of wet weasels and said "The store?"

Well. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of it, then went stash diving until I found a skein of yarn that would work.


then sketched out what I wanted,


then I knit a swatch and knit the beast up.


After that, because I was so pleased and because I have a brand spankin' new copy of Knit Visualizer (which I love with a deep and burning affection.) I charted my graph paper scribbles into something that you can use too, and now we can all make Unoriginal Hats.


(For anybody worried about copyright, I assure you that my "copy" is merely inspired by and eventually rather different from the original hat...and that there are no worries.)
Please note that this is my first charting escapade, and that it has not been test knit. I think it works though.

An Unoriginal Hat.

Materials: I skein Blue Moon Fiber Arts "Leticia" (Mine is in the colourway "Rooster Rock")
5 double pointed needles, size 7mm.

Gauge: about 12 stitches to 10cm, measured over cable pattern.
Size: It fits me (ladies small) and Meg (ladies medium) If you wanted a bigger one, you could go up a needle size.

Hat: Cast on 56 stitches, and distribute evenly (14 stitches on each needle) over 4 needles. This hat is worked in the round.

Set up row: *K4, P3, K4, P3 repeat from * around. (The set up and cable pattern runs over 14 stitches, so if you divide it onto 4 needles you will work the set up sequence and the chart once on each needle. Simple)

Work rows 1-16 of the chart twice, then the rest of the chart.
Break yarn, thread through remaining stitches, pull tight and fasten off. (Note: Until I can figure out how to fix it on the chart, please note that on row 20 , stitch 9 should be "no stitch". You'll end up with 4 stitches across the row.)




(PS. I turned my heat on yesterday morning. It was very cold, very windy, raining and appallingly damp. Still, November 5th is a new family best... and we won the furnace wars.)

Posted by Stephanie at November 6, 2007 12:37 PM