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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Interweave Knits (Fall 2003)

I finally decided to get working on the CafĂ© Bastille sweater from the cover of the Fall 2003 issue of Interweave Knits. The pattern calls for Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, which is 85% wool & 15% mohair. I bought the yarn a few months back from Webs, so it was taking up space in my stash.

I orginally purchased 8 skeins of Tahiti Teal (M-47). I’m making this sweater for my boyfriend, so after checking the finished size measurements, I decided to make it one size larger than I had orginally planned. I contacted customer service & luckily, they still had one skein left from the same dyelot. In the meantime, I started the left sleeve. I was going to start with the body, but the sleeve seemed so much easier. I figured it would be a good incentive to finish the body later. I was going to work on both sleeves at the same time, but then decided at the last minute to work on one at a time. The yarn is easy to work with and knits up quick. I’m using a size 11US Addi Turbo and the stitches are flying off the needles! I started the left sleeve one night last week and picked it up again the following evening. By the end of the second evening, the left sleeve was done.

Currently, I’m working on the right sleeve, which is almost done, as well.

The body is knit mostly in the round, up until the armholes. At that point, you work the front and back independently. The cable pattern (repeated on the front and back) on the body is a little more complicated. The combination of the Addis and yarn will make it go by faster. This should be a quick knit and I should be able to give this for Christmas.