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December 19, 2007
Thorpe - The Perfect Earflap Hat

On Saturday morning, I was perusing my bloglines feeds and stopped in my tracks when I got to Kirsten's blog - Through the Loops - always a source of inspiration for me! She had JUST generously made her pattern for Thorpe available to all of us as a wonderful holiday gift. I had been looking for the perfect plain basic earflap hat for Dave and this was it! I immediately cast on and finished it that night, adding the edging and braid Sunday morning at breakfast.

Thorpe Thorpe
Thorpe

Pattern: Thorpe designed by Kirsten Kapur.
Yarn: 2 50 gm balls (with 30 gms left over)Knit Picks Panache in "slate" (Baby Alpaca, Cashmere, Silk, Merino blend) sadly discontinued - WHY??? It is heavenly yarn (you can't imagine how soft!) and these are the only 2 balls I had - I want more!!
Needles: 18" US 9 Denise circular needle (used magic loop with longer cord for the crown)
Size: my gauge was 4 sts/inch - slightly tighter than pattern gauge, so I followed the Large size for circumference numbers (80 stitches around) and the Medium size for length making it a perfect 20" Medium sized hat

I used leftover (from these mittens) Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere (tripled) for the edging and braid and used every inch of it up - I feel so virtuous - not one tiny bit left over!
Dave loves it - there is ZERO itch factor - so soft, warm, simple and FAST in chunky yarn! The pattern is excellent - clear and concise - I made no changes whatsoever. Thank you, Kirsten!

I've already started 2 more...1 out of a thick/thin multicolored yarn for a charity hat and 1 for me out of this yarn - a gift from my daughter, Kate.

Snowman

Cam's latest creation!

With family arriving in 2 days and a list of things I need to do that goes on and on (and somehow doesn't include blogging or knitting), I'm guessing I won't be back until after Christmas .....so have a merry one!

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