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Posted in Knitting
Tagged Hat, Sandy
On Sunday I went to the baptism of my friend’s baby, Chase. I hadn’t seen her in a while and needed to bring a baby gift. I had already bought two cute outfits from baby Gap and some crib toys, but I needed to add a personal touch. How about a hat?
I went on Ravelry to find a pattern that had more to it than just a boring stockinette stitch or rib. I also needed something that I could complete in two nights—I’m an awful procrastinator. Could this be a mission impossible? Well, I chose to accept it.
I found a pattern by Gretchen Chan on the MeiMing Design Ravelry store (it’s a free download). I’m a sucker for cables and I liked how the cables in this pattern intertwined.
Of course since I didn’t plan this out, I didn’t have the right size needles (size 7). I ended up raiding my craft chest and found a set of size 6 double-pointed needles. I know dpns are a necessary evil, but I prefer to use circular needles. AND, I probably would have been able to finish the hat in half the time on circulars, but what can you do?
Regardless, since it’s a baby hat, I would have needed a very short set of circulars. What’s wrong with me? I’m a baby about making a baby hat! Wah.
Luckily, I also have a large stash of Caron Simply Soft yarn from earlier or scrapped projects (all in afore-mentioned craft chest). I ended up using a small part of a pretty navy blue skein. So at 11:30 on Saturday night, just before Zooey Deschanel was about to do her monologue on SNL, I finished the hat. Pretty snazzy too.
X-Men: First Class — Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne and James McAvoy
Last night, Mike and I were watching X-Men: First Class on Netflix. We had such high expectations for the movie, having loved the previous movies, but wow, what a snoozer. The story was all over the place, but it was nice to watch Michael Fassbender (Mike: “Wow, he makes a receding hairline look good) and James McAvoy (sigh…).
I perked up though when I saw the hat Rose Byrne was wearing in one scene (pictured above). Looks like a basic hat with a little rib around the brim and a moss or raspberry stitch for the hat body. I wish I were skilled enough to come up with my own pattern, but alas. So far I can only do scarf patterns – but I will master drafting a hat pattern! I found this free hat and scarf pattern online that was first published in the British magazine, Prima. It looks perfect! Just a little leery of adapting a British pattern, but I think it will be manageable. Project!
You know what I love about knitting hats? You get the payoff of a completed project incredibly fast– it’s instant craftification! Check out this free slouchy hat knitting pattern from Azure Knits.
I casted on on Thursday night before Christmas and kind of worked on it here and there over the holiday. Then on Monday night I devoted some serious time to it and finished it that night. Awesome! I did notice that as I was decreasing that I made a couple of mistakes, but I think once I wear the hat it won’t be that noticeable. Also, I don’t have a small head, so the hat is not that slouchy on me. That’s OK though — I prefer more of a beanie over a really baggy look anyway.
I followed the tip of using size 11 needles to make the hat a little slouchier. I also used the recommended yarn in the pattern — Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky in Ecru. It was so unbelievably soft…Like a kitty, as my mom would say.