Sunday, April 22, 2007

A fun little hat




On the first beautiful spring weekend we've had here in Western New York, I don't know why I was itching to knit a wool hat, but nonetheless, I was. So I did.

This Stained Glass Hat pattern had intrigued me for some time, so I dug out a couple of balls of Paton's wool from my stash. I've never done much stranded knitting, other than doing an occasional decorative lap or two around a hat. But I found this hat surprisingly easy to do. I didn't inspect my work very well as I was going along and found a few bungled spots after I finished -- but it was a good learning experience. When I make this one again, I'll also correct one error in the chart (see where the stitches form a little red crosses in some spots and things that look like little red bats in others? If you make this hat, you'll want to shade in the first box on row 2 of the chart for crosses throughout.)


The other delightful thing about this hat is the double thickness it gains from carrying the contrasting stands behind. Why had that never occurred to me before? It should be really warm and fun to wear. All in all, a good experience in stranded knitting -- and it was even more fun to knit out on the deck enjoying the beautiful spring sunshine. I'll definitely do more of these.

5 comments:

Devorah said...

Your hat looks great. The stranding is so even! Wear it well.

Angelika said...

Looks really good and I just realized that it was knitted from the top down.

ruth said...

It's beautiful!

Wool Winder said...

I haven't done much stranded knitting either, though I love the look and have a few patterns waiting to try. Love this hat. You did a really good job on it.

tiennie said...

Very cool hat!