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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
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
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.