Trying to get much accomplished when three little boys are home for summer vacation is just a silly proposition, but last week I finally pulled out my project bag with a winter hat I had started a couple of months ago (if you count casting on two-thirds of the stitches onto a circular needle and then putting it back in the bag as starting) and got back to work. It made me feel better – more centered – sitting with the needles in my hand as we drove on our annual trek to the Renaissance Faire. Manifestation! Making something come out of nothing (or at least out of something that isn’t any “thing” yet). It feels like I am back on track. Once I got started, it went quickly and by last Friday, the hat was done!
The pattern I used is called the Turn A Square hat and it is put out by Jared Flood, who is one of those designers that everyone loves.
I like some of his stuff too, but he has an urban feel to his designs that doesn’t always go with my more rustic design sense. But this seemed like a basic hat that my brother-in-laws might like, and it is the most popular hat pattern in Ravelry and the 8th most popular pattern overall, so I made it. I’m not sure what everyone likes about this pattern.
Maybe its just me.
The idea behind it is that you knit a round hat and then you form four triangles that fold into a center point by knitting right leaning and left leaning decreases at the four corners, creating a top to the hat that looks like this.
The problem with this design is that you end up with four points on the top of the hat where the decreases begin which stick out unless your hat is pulled tight on the wearer’s head.
I used my Rowan Felted Tweed Aran yarn for the main color in the hat. . .
and my Noro Silk Garden for the stripes – not realizing that I would get the shiny aqua so early in the hat. Sigh.
While the colors look nice in this skein, the yarn itself was not consistent in thickness and there were areas where it was frayed and knotted. For a yarn that retails around $20 a skein, I expected more. The aqua was the only thing Chip did not love about the hat.
I will say that if you want to make a felted pot or container, I love this pattern.
It gives you a firm square base. I did consider just felting this when it was done, but Chip liked it. He pointed out that he saw no reason for me to make things for people who have no real appreciation of the time and work that goes into the gifts I make so I, of course, asked him if he wanted it. After deciding he could live with the aqua, he said yes. So my first hat of the Xmas season is Chip’s.
There! I finished a project! I am working on another hat for next week that I cast on tonight. Its another very popular pattern on Ravelry and my sister has made it and really liked it. It is the Star Crossed Slouchy Beret. I will let you know how it goes.
Mom’s coming next week. Lots to get ready. My boys are dying to make her the tomato crab soup with grilled cheese sandwiches that is somewhere in the recipes in this blog. I told them we would. Next week is going to be very very busy. I will let you know how it goes!! Thanks for checking in. 8)