Yet another hat. I like knitting hats in between other (bigger) things. I like how they can be finished in an evening.
I had one 50g (100m) ball of this yarn, Novita Puro, which is a soft, variegated 100% wool yarn. I knitted the hat top-down so that I can use every last inch of the yarn – which I did. The tiny orange pom pom is some other yarn and I had made it sometime earlier. It seemed to match well.
I like blues, purples and oranges. And this yarn has them all with a little green thrown in for good measure.
Another day, another hat. And a matching cowl.
Let’s start with the yarn. It’s Artesano 100% alpaca. I bought it a few years ago in England while on holiday. The shop is called Three Bags Full, which tickled me, and it was at the time located in the amazing Piece Hall in Halifax. Stuff has happened since: Three Bags Full doesn’t have a brick and mortar shop anymore, only a website. The Piece Hall has been totally renovated since. It’s well worth a visit if you happen to be near Halifax.
Anyway, the yarn. I saw three balls of this super soft alpaca yarn in a sale bin and couldn’t put them down. There were only three balls of it left, all in different colours. Well, I bought them and since then, for a few years now, I’ve been taking them out of the yarn box every now and then to stroke them. They felt like three little kittens. I couldn’t decide what to knit with them but it came to a point that I felt it was time to use this lovely yarn. I started with a cowl. The idea of having these kittens wrapped round my neck seemed like a good one.
I was going to knit just a tube but decided to do something different after all. I found Seattle. I didn’t count or measure the stripes in any way; I just winged it. The cowl is quite sloppy and bigger in circumference than what I usually like my cowls to be, but it’s kind of nice. I’ll wear this when the temperature’s not yet minus millions. When it gets really cold, I like my cowl or scarf to be tightly round my neck.
Then the hat. I had some of the yarn left and it seemed obvious to knit a matching hat. There was a hat pattern with the Seattle cowl but I wanted to knit a hat top down so that I could use up all of the yarn. I knitted all of the purple yarn, then all of the blue yarn and finally changed to seed stitch and yellow yarn, and knitted till I had only enough yarn to cast off. The hat is very long and slouchy but I plan to wear it with the seed stitch part folded up. That way it’s also much warmer.
There we are then. 3 kittens turned into a cowl and a hat. I read somewhere that alpaca yarn is 8 times warmer than sheep’s wool. How do they measure that?
Another hat. I knitted the scarf years ago – just a simple garter stitch scarf, knitted sideways, every row in a different colour and the yarn ends just knotted for tassels. I’ve used the scarf quite a lot and as I just found small balls of this yarn, I thought that maybe I should have a matching hat, too.
The hat is just a simple beanie with no bells and whistles. The yarn is Sirdar Wash ‘n’ Wear Double Crepe DK. I bought the yarn decades ago and for the life of me can’t remember what for. The scarf was knitted with what I had left from whatever it was that I knitted with it in the first place. This hat was now knitted with what was left after the scarf. Just random stripes. No pre-planning.
Wash ‘n’ Wear Double Crepe DK is apparently the UK’s favourite crepe yarn. I don’t blame them – it’s a very nice yarn to knit. It’s 55% acrylic and 45% nylon and is therefore not a winter hat. Not up in the Arctic anyway, where I am. It does make a good hat for any other time of the year. It’s not itchy (obviously) and it can be machine washed when/if it gets a bit sweaty on your hikes.
I started off with 96 st, which turned out to be a little bit too big but I was lazy and didn’t start again. Something like 92 st might have been better. Oh well. I started decreasing when the hat was about 15 cm high. I decreased 8 st. per row until 8 st remained.
I do like to use up odd balls of yarn.
This week, I have been mostly knitting hats. I love hats. I wear them all the time. One reason is, obviously, the fact that I live way above the Arctic Circle and the winters here are long and cold and I like to keep my head and ears warm. Any other time a hat keeps my unruly hair away from my face and eyes.
This is just a bog-standard beanie. It’s a top-down hat. I like to knit top-down hats when I only have a very limited amount of yarn and want to use it all. The yarn I used is Schachenmayr Ecologico Color. I only had one 50g ball and I kind of knew that it would not be enough, but I started anyway. When it became obvious that the yarn would only be enough for a skull cap, I decided to add a thick stripe of Finnish Novita Huopanen. I had some in orange, which seemed like a good match. I was certain that the stripe would look daft but I was wrong. I like it. It’s like I planned it this way.
Also, I’ve never been too keen on pom poms. They are alright, but I would not often put them on my hats. For some reason I thought that one would look good on this hat and since I had an orange pom pom ready-made years and years ago, I decided to go wild and put one on. And I love it. So, all in all, a success!