Monday, February 7, 2011

Winter Garden Hat - a pattern for sale

UPDATE: this pattern is free now... enjoy!

And now, back to the hat.

I think I never actually posted finished pictures of the hat I made on Christmas Day:

What happened was, I opened a squashy package and took a ball of Noro Silk Garden out of it and because there was obviously another ball in there I thought, Scarf!

and then I pulled out the other and thought - um, hat? because they were very, very different colourways.

I did try to find a hat pattern you could knit with just one ball of Silk Garden, but Ravelry said there was nothing so I sat down with some stitch dictionaries and fussed with them until I found a few I could manipulate into my preferred math equations. And then I swatched them all, and got the hat halfway knit a couple of times before I finally settled on one that I liked a lot, and then Christmas Dinner was very fashionably late.

I knit up both balls and took them to visit Lannie so you could see the clever way I worked in the decreases for the crown:

The decrease points for size M make a perfectly curved crown, but in L (on the right) and S it's a little more squared off. Unless you're wearing it pretty snug on your head.

The colour shifts for size L, pictured above, featured a green I knew I would never in a million years be able to live with alongside the others, so I cut it out and picked up the knitting when the next colour came in. I still had a comfortable amount of yarn left at the end.

And now for the bit you really care about if you live where it snows (have you noticed the little snowflakes in most of these pictures?): it's warm. I've been testing.

Winter Garden Hat

Difficulty Level:

Noro Silk Garden (45% silk, 45% kid mohair, 10% lamb's wool, 100m/50g) 1 ball
1 set 5mm/US 8 double pointed needles (dpns) or size to obtain gauge
1 stitch marker
darning needle

15 sts, 22 rows = 4" in stocking stitch after blocking

Adult Small (Medium, Large) - 18" (19.5", 21") around - all sizes 7" long so as not to have scallops slipping over your eyes, but there's enough yarn in a ball to add a round or three to the brim if you want it longer.

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Unknown said...

Nice blog changes. It took me a minute, so early this morning to adapt!

Mary Keenan said...

heh heh... yes, I've been wanting to do this for long time but it meant not knitting for three leisure hours so, you know ;^)

heklica said...

Lovely hats, the pattern works very well with the colours. And a new blog design :) You've been busy :)

JackieLemon said...

I almost thought I got the wrong blog. Love the new look. You are feeding my hat obsession. Must have more hats. Blame it on the weather! Off to buy this lovely pattern and pick out some yarn.

Christine said...

Beautiful decreases! And yarn choice! And lace pattern! YAY!

Tracee said...

Awesome! I can now knit the two left over balls of Noro Silk Garden that I have and didn't know what to do with. Just what I needed and didn't know it :-) Thanks Mary

St Bernie girl said...

You see, and everyone always insisted that all of that math was a waste of time... you'll never use it again, so why do you have to learn it, right? Well, obviously - knitting patterns! You'd tear your hair out without some mathematical sense, right? lol - you have beautiful patterns, very nice work.

Mary Keenan said...

Thank you St. Bernie! and I agree: math can be beautiful :^)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary!🧶
If I wanted to make my hat deeper would I repeat Rows 1-9 or Rows 11-21?
I’m blocking the 2 made yesterday, one in Noro Silk Garden & one in Caron Pantone Bamboo for my friend battling cancer.
Many thanks from Hay Bay south on Napanee, Ontario.
Betty Heayn

Mary Keenan said...

Betty, it's 1-9 for sure. Great idea, and all the best to your friend!!