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November 21, 2011
Handspun Seaman's Cap for Dave

Well - looks like it's Seaman's Caps for everyone :)

I took the hat order from Dave - needed to be warm - cover ears, but not itchy on ears and forehead, enough head space so he doesn't need to stretch it down. I gave him fiber options and he picked this deep rich Spirit Trails Mixed BFL.

Spirit Trails Mixed BFL

Spun it into thickish singles and decided on a regular 3 ply for warmth and muted colors.

Spirit Trails Mixed BFL Bobbins

3.2 ounces/111 yards of aran weight yarn and a little bit of chain plied leftovers (which become important!)

Spirit Trails Handspun

Spirit Trails Handspun

The only problem is that even with the softness of BFL, I knew it would be slightly itchy on his ears forehead, so decided to add a band of handspun cashmere inside.


47 grams/ 150 yards of 2 ply fingering weight cashmere

Handspun Cashmere

Hmmm - it fits me too!

Handspun Seaman's Cap

Pattern: Seaman's Cap by Brenda Zuk - Ravelry Link
Yarn: 3.2 ounces of Handspun Spirit Trails Mixed BFL regular 3 ply (aran weight) and 1.4 ounces Handspun Ashland Bay Cashmere held doubled.
Size: 90 stitches
Needles: cast on with US7 - knit entire cap with US6
Notes: Knit ribbing for 3 1/2" then added 2 1/4" band of ribbed cashmere followed by 2 more rows of ribbed BFL - then continued in stockinette for 2 1/2" before starting decreases.

I LOVE the idea of knitting in a band of cashmere (held this yarn doubled) for softness and extra warmth!

Peek Inside

Here's where that tiny bit of chain plied yarn came in handy - thank goodness!!

Top of Hat

and on the very serious intended recipient who really likes his new hat!

Hat on Dave Hat on Dave

Today I'm washing some pure Merino fleece - so naturally beautiful!

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry . Thanks :)



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