I'm still wired from thanksgiving, even though i did most of the cooking and cleaning up, so why not talk about yarn? I just used up the last of my credit for making a cool lace coat, and most of it has gone for holiday knitting.
This lovely orange skein was quickly transformed into a cute hat for my brother's girlfriend. It's blue sky alpacas bulky handpaints in an extremely safe orange, 45 yards per skein. That means size 15 needles and about 2 sts per inch. I cast on 40 sts, did about 4 rounds of 1x1 ribbing, then knitted plain to about 5 inches. Next, I decreased by K6, K2tog to end, dividing it into five sections. I then did a plain row, repeating these two rows 3 times. I began decreasing every row until i had 5 sts. Most hats end at this point, but I continued with k2tog, k1, k2tog, leaving 3 sts. I did one round of i-cord, wove the tail through the loops, then passed it through the little nub and fastened off.
I think it turned out pretty cute, but I didn't have any yarn left to speak of. I can't guarantee that you'll get a hat out of one hank, but it was fun trying, and only took a few hours.
Pattern and photos © Sara Amoroso, 2008-2009. Permission is given for personal use only.
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