Friday, November 21, 2014

A big bad hat

After the last Twisted Fiber Art club, I was super excited to buy a ton of yarn in the Big Bad Wolf colourway.  You don't often see grey and black - my standard winter uniform shades - paired with coppery brown, which is what my hair looked like before my natural highlights (aka 'grey hair') blossomed. 

Given my discovery last winter that a plain grey hat really isn't flattering around my face, I saw instantly that Big Bad Wolf was the perfect solution.  Start with the brown, and knit on!

Isn't this ribbing gorgeous?  I could have gone on with it forever, but I was aiming for a hatcowl rather than a turtleneck or a tea cosy.

And not a moment too soon, because do you see those few flakes of snow sitting on that pumpkin?  Cold weekday weather was imminent.

The nice thing about a hat with a drawstring top is that you don't decrease as you near the crown, or at any other time either.  You can use gorgeous stripey yarn and not mess with the progression of it at all.  Of course I couldn't resist messing with it just a little - I threw in a little cable eyelet detail to wear over my left eye or else as an accent at the back to echo the drawstring effect.  Probably it would show better on solid coloured yarn, but I still like it.

There, done.  Mindless as this knit was, it took all day last Sunday, plus some of Saturday night.  That is a LOT of lost gift knitting time.  I did say I'm a selfish knitter though, right?  Not to mention a cold-headed one.

I'll have to be cold-headed a bit longer though because this little sweetie needs a nice bath and a long air dry to soften up.  Superwash merino is not alpaca-merino blend, and my big bad hat is not going to fall as beautifully as Jan's purple hatcowl, but it's going to look great on my head while I walk everywhere I need to go this winter.

Okay: go have a great weekend.  Since we'll have keys to what is about to be officially Our New Condo, you can bet I'll be spending much of mine with a measuring tape.  But with luck I'll have something knitty to show you on Monday anyway.  See you then!


Darlene said...

I really like those colors together. You don't see that often. When do we get the pattern? Love Loki too.

Mimi said...

I love the stripes. Stay warm.

Mary Keenan said...

I'm hoping for this week, Darlene! But worst case, next :^)

Mary Keenan said...

Thanks Mimi :^)