I started a 2 color hat out of Alpaca just before we headed to Bozeman. It is now finished. The yarn was a Christmas gift from my Dad. It is very soft and extremely warm. My only issue in knitting with it is how 'sticky' it becomes if you make a mistake. It grabs onto itself and it becomes frustrating trying to tink back. Thankfully I only had a few split stitches so I didn't have to fight too much.
The haze that developed with such a soft yarn was another feature that became something of a problem. I think the pattern on this one would have benefited from a cleaner edge. Maybe for the second hat I'll use my Plucky Bello...a merino and cashmere blend.
Pattern: Selbu Modern by Kate Gagnon Osborn;
Yarn: Alpaca Perfection by Peruvian Link, Sport / 5 ply, 100% Alpaca, 110 yards / 50 grams. I used two different colors: cream (or light fawn) and a camel (or medium fawn). I still have a fair amount of both colors left from this project.
Needle: US 2, Addi Rockets, 24" cable
Gauge: 30 stitches and 36 rows = 4" in Fair Isle Stockinette Stitch
|Love the patterning at the top|
My new favorite hat used what I had leftover from my Muh Muh scarf...well 2 out of the 3 colors are now gone. I still have 47 grams of Pierre left to use. The pattern was easily modified to use every last bit of the 2 colors. I really love the double knitted band which makes the hat very warm over the ears. The hat was perfect for the negative 32 degree day we had last week.
Pattern: wurm by Katharina Nopp;
Yarn: Traveler Aran by The Plucky Knitter, Aran / 10 ply, 65% Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Yak
220 yards / 115 gram. I ended up using 67 grams of Honey Wilkes and 29 grams of Cafe Society which effectively used up the remaining yarn from my other project.
Needle: US 3 and US 5, Knitpicks, 24" cables
Gauge: 24 stitches and 34 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
Modifications: I cast on using a provisional cast on so that creating the double band would be easier. As others have done I also did the increases as kfb rather than a raised increase. I ended up changing the decreases as well and switching colors. Since I had a good bit more of the Honey Wilkes this became my MC and the Cafe Society became my CC. Once I finished 7 repeats I started my decreases and switching colors as I decreased. It worked out very well and I was able to get a nice sized hat. My new favorite and the added bonus it matches my scarf.
|Two color side view|
|Back of the Wurm|
|Double head band...with a twist|
That is it for the finished projects at the moment. I'm working on another sweater in between trips to the mountain for snowboarding or downtown for lunch/coffee or out to Yellowstone to watch the critters. Hopefully I'll get it done before Spring back East...