Thursday, December 07, 2006

hats, hats, hats!!!

I had some new knitting techniques I wanted to learn...and I have two snowboarders and one little skier who needed warm hats to wear. Put it all together and I give you a family of hats.

First up is A's Three Cable Hat.

I wanted to work on cabeling with out a cable needle, but needed to keep the hat relatively plain to suit the boy's wishes.
I have to admit that I totally faked the top of this hat. After looking at several basic hat directions, I just kind of mushed them together...and it worked pretty well if I do say so myself. I am particularly pleased with the way the cables continue up to the top.

K's Color Hat is the first stranded (or "fairisle") work I have done. I couldn't find simple pattern on line so I just made it up as I went along. It turns out that the actual knitting of this kind of knitting is not as hard as I thought...but I assume it will feel harder once I get ino the world of following complicated charts.

For W's Periwinkle Diamond hat I wanted to do something different. So rather than cables she got a purl stitch pattern. This was a lot of fun to work out. The top of this hat was inspired by looking at other hats, but again done with out a pattern. It is basically four evenly spaced decreases done as you would for the toe of a sock.

These are my first knitted hats. For some reason I had previously had absoloutly no interest in making hats...I thought they would be boring! But that was because I was thinking about plain old hats. Now I have discovered that not only do hats make up super fast, but they are also a great way to get creative with different techniques. I see many more hats in my future!



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