This is my only New Year’s hat this year. I had plans for another one but they got way too complicated to finish it in time, so I will do it in less garish colours at my leisure. Suffice to say it will have at least 7 stitches in it, so the planning takes time.
I wonder if I will still love the word Sesquicentennial after living in the nation’s capital this coming year. Maybe.
I still remember the national excitement of the Centennial as a child. Expo 67 and all that. All my childhood I collected Centennial coins like some people collect 4 leaf clovers. Now my aqua fitness classes are mostly held in ageing pools built with Centennial grants 50 years ago. Some of them could use a facelift with Sesquicentennial money. Justin??
For the knitters: I cast on 100 stitches for the rainbow band. I actually screwed it up and had to cast off after the purple because my rainbow was upside down. I picked up from the original cast on edge with the blue and increased to 108 for the patterning, so I had 6 repeats each of “Opening” Double Cable and Slipped Chain Cable, both from pg 113. I ended at the top by decreasing by 4 cables three times (every third cable, then every other cable, then the last 3). I used sl 1, k2tog, psso 3 times in the middle of the cable then p3tog and p2 tog above the cable to get rid of the 9 stitches. I topped it with I cord arches, then curlicues of the complementary colours which I threaded back down the arches and finished with a set of standing up i cord spikes. It was really fun. I personally love this hat, and I don’t say that about every hat I make by any stretch.
If I mention felting again…just shoot me and get it over with…there is sooo much more knitting in a felted hat. I have done 4 of them in a little over a week…I do love how they stand up and hold their shape though.
As you may have gathered in previous posts, Heather is NOT happy with my ‘artistic’ direction. The other day she said the blog has ruined my hat making ability. In her opinion, I am trying too hard to be creative for my fans. I did point out that 20 friends and family and 5 other people following me does not constitute much in the way of fame, but she was having none of that.
I think she just likes plain hats, no bells or whistles, just some pattern stitches and maybe a bobble on top. None of this wacky stuff. And I think she has a point. I do like making the hats with novelty yarn and frills but I am not sure many would wear them, holidays notwithstanding.
Jacob in the hat before felting
Bernat Boa and Patons Classic wool
For today’s hat, I didn’t want any of the Bernat Boa left over, so I made the topper first. I just kept crocheting chains 8 stitches long and returning to the base with 6 single crochet. I kept this until I thought it had enough spikes. I then cast on 100 stitches and knit until I ran out. I then switched to Patons Classic wool and increased to 150 stitches. After 8 rows, I decreased to 144 then lost 8 stitches every 6 rows.
New Years hat with Bernat Truffles and Patons Classic Wool
This is the second of (hopefully by tomorrow) three felted New Years party hats.
For this one I used Patons Classic Wool as the felting yarn and I combined it with Bernat Truffles as the accent. I decreased more aggressively (10 stitches every 6 rows all the way up) on this hat than the one yesterday and I don’t think it was such a great idea.
I am going back to a less aggressive decrease for tomorrows hat.