FO : Koolhaas Hat

Yes, I am on a knitting roll…

Koolhaas Hat in Karabella Aurora 8 - Rust

Pattern : Koolhaas Hat by Jared Flood
Needles : KnitPicks Options US 5 (3.75 mm) & US 7 (4.5 mm)
Yarn : 2 balls of Karabella Aurora 8
Color : Rust (16)
Size : Large (men’s)
Modifications : None, I followed the pattern exactly.
Notes : I started with size 6/8 needles and it was a little bit larger than the recommended gauge. I went down a size to 5 & 7 since I read that this yarn expands after washing. I used the Magic Loop with my KnitPicks Options and this pattern went fast. It looks complicated, but really it isn’t. If you can ktbl and do basic cables, you can make this hat.

Here is a close-up of the stitch detail:

Close up of Koolhaas Hat in Karabella Aurora 8 - Rust

I picked this color to match the Opera Scarf I just finished. I made the small size (women’s) and when I tried it on, it was about an inch above my ears. I like my hats to cover my ears. I ripped back a few rows and added another pattern repeat (5 in total). I want to make another one of these hats, but I have a few more projects I’d like to tackle before doing this again.

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A New Year and a FO

Happy (belated) New Year to everyone. I know it’s been a while since anyone has heard from me in blogland. Never fear, even though other things have managed to take up some time, I still have been knitting (ask anyone in my knitting group). If I were really good, I’d say “My New Year’s resolution is to go on a yarn diet, knit from my stash and blog more.” However, I am realistic and will make attempts to go on a yarn diet, knit from my stash and blog more. I’d rather live vicariously through others who have vowed to knit from their stash.

Since my last blog post (can’t believe the time has flown by), I have enhanced my stash, finished some projects, and joined Ravelry.

One such project finished is the Yarn Harlot’s Unoriginal Hat.

Thraven Unoriginal Ha

Pattern : Unoriginal Hat
Needle : KnitPicks Harmony US 11 (8.0 mm)
Yarn : Blue Moon Fiber Arts Leticia in Thraven
Notes : If you want a quick knit, this is it. This hat took me one evening to complete. The followed the written pattern and made no changes. I used the Magic Loop to do this. Casting on, I worked the first round flat, then joined in the round. I usually like the the look of the cast on row that way. It didn’t work too well for this version. The brim flared more than I liked. Next time, I’ll cast on and join right away.

Bottoms Up Bucket Hat

I finally finished the felted bucket hat from ChicKnits. I used one skein of brown (#7822) Cascade 220 (thank you, Purl for your Cascade 220 sale).

Here is the pre-felted hat:

bucket hat - before

For this felting cycle, it wound up in the heavy duty cycle for a total of 25 minutes to get it to the size I needed. Here is the finished product:

bucket hat - before

Bonne Marie Burns said that she blocks her hat on a 32oz coffee can with a terry dish towel wrapped around it. I ran out of coffee recently. I haven’t had time to run out to Costco for the 32oz can & I wasn’t about to fish the empty can out of the garbage! I looked around my kitch for anything that was close to it in size. I found a Pyrex dish that was the right width, but not the right height. But then I spied my ice cream maker… the freezer bowl was the perfect size (width AND height). I wrapped the freezer bowl in a plastic bag & pulled the hat over it. If you look carefully at the second picture, you can see the metal rim of the inverted freezer bowl sticking out from bottom of the hat. It came out better than I thought, felting thicker than I had expected. It’s the perfect autumn hat.