June 11, 2010
His and Hers Handspun Stained Glass Hats
I used the beautiful Polwarth Roving from April's Fat Cat's Mixed Blessings Club (scroll down a little) to make us 2 nice warm winter hats.
Mine is made using the purplish Polwarth along with some light gray corriedale that I spun for the contrast color. I made a picot edging to add a little girly factor and lined it with some Aubergine Baby Silk left over from my Swallowtail Shawl.
Dave wanted less contrast for his hat, so I chose to spin some wonderful Spinderella Thrums in "Medium Naturals" for his background color. The Thrums were a beautiful mixture of natural browns/grays in soft wool, alpaca, mohair, llama.
He was not home during the only moment of sunlight we've had in the past few days, so I am modeling his hat and taking pictures with one hand. Hmmmmm - this one fits me perfectly too :-)
For Dave's I used a garter edging and lined it with cashmere left over from Ivy Vines - talk about a soft warm hat!!
Pattern: Stained Glass Hat from Green Mountain Spinnery.
Yarn: For each hat used - 30 grams Fat Cat Knits Polwarth in Mixed Blessings April Club Colors and 34 grams of Spinderella Thrums / Foxglove Light Gray Corriedale. All fiber spun regular 3 ply /approx. worsted weight (I never remember to check WPI - just go by how it looks). Lined with 10 grams of lovely soft cashmere and alpaca/silk left over from other projects.
Needles: 16" Circular US #4 for the facing/lining and US #6 for the hat. (Switch to magic loop on 40" circular for decreases on top)
Size: Cast on 112 stitches - knit on size 6 needles for a 20" circumference
Mods: Added facing and different edging stitches, did a "fake" corrugated rib, and used US 6 needle for main hat, added and changed a few rows in the colorwork pattern, but otherwise followed directions as written.
I think I will line every hat I make from here on out. It is a wonderful way to use up those little bits of extra luxury yarn/fiber and you never have to worry about an itchy hat again!
My method:Using a smaller needle, do a knitted cast on (sometimes called a chain cast-on) which is nice and loose and makes beautiful loops to pick up later. Knit for about 3" or until you use up your leftover yarn. At this point I change to my "regular" hat yarn and knit 2 rows before the turning round. For the picot edge, the turning round is *yo, K2tog*, repeat around; and for the "man" hat I just did 2 purl rows for turning. Now switch to larger needle and knit your hat as long as the lining and then pick up those nice loopy cast-on stitches and knit them around with the corresponding live stitches. ( knit through both the live stitch and the cast on loop at the same time treating it like one stitch). The join is invisible from the front and there is no finishing/hemming. Here's a close-up from the inside.
I forgot to get a picture of the fun top decreases, but you can sort of see it in the pictures below.
I'm leaving next week to visit my oldest son in Fairbanks, Alaska and doubt I'll get another post in before I go...so see you in July :-)