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kathmandu berets [Sep. 14th, 2008|06:27 pm]
most of the projects i have on needles are frustrating me for one reason or another right now... like these baudelaire's:

(sorry about crappy image quality, my camera phone was the only thing available at the time)

are on tiny needles, and my hands were starting to hurt while working on them. i'm trying to avoid carpal tunnel, thanks all the same. besides, while the foot of the sock fits me better than any other sock i've made, the ankle is really narrow, and i have to fight the sock to get it on my foot. so, do i:
a) take the lazy way out, keep knitting and deal with the narrow ankles? after all, it's fine once they are on. it's just hard to get my heel through them.
or b) rip back to the ankle and insert a couple extra stitches for ease?

whilst pondering this decision and studiously avoiding my other half finished knits, i cast on for the porom (ravelry link), by brooklyntweed. i needed something quick and gratifying after the socks. and that's what i got.

another fabulous floppy beret! w00t!

the yarn is a touch larger gauge than the pattern called for, so i cast on 9 less stitches, and worked my way from there. it was only an issue during the decreasing, and a couple extra ssk and k2togs solved it tolerably well.

the calendar went like this:
wednesday-cast on, knit through first pattern repeat.
thursday-realize calculations were wrong, hat is far too massive, rip back. re-cast on, start again. knit knit knit.
friday-knit knit knit. finish. ends in. block in the evening, leave to dry overnight.
saturday-take pictures!

i'd say this was beautifully quick and gratifying. thank god.

the yarn is queensland collection kathmandu DK, and it is the perfect tweedy soft yet woolly yarn, in my opinion.

i used it in a previous project, and i was going to link to it just here, but whilst scanning the archives, i realized that i have never posted it here (!?!). so this is a two for one special!

i used the marigold pattern, which i stumbled upon whilst browsing for miss marigold. the yarn is the aran weight version of the above mentioned queensland collection kathmandu aran.

modifications for this were more extensive. i knit the band straight, for the button. used short rows for the front half to make it sit back on the head properly, and using a yarn wrap-around the RS purl stitch so there wouldn’t be any gaping holes. after the button band k2, m1 usually gives the right amount of slouch (i only really use dk or aran weight for hats). slightly more if it’s stockinette, slightly less if it’s patterned.

bought the yarn at loopy's, and the button at nina, and the hat went to a chicago girl (friend from school).

there you have it!

From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-15 12:31 am (UTC)
i ADORE the slouchy hat!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-16 01:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, the famous mods for the marigold hat! I started knitting it according to the mods you sent me, and then I messed up the lace pattern had to rip back to the button band again. :( Now it's in a bit of a holding pattern until I forgive it for being naughty.

That sock and the other slouchy beret are GORGEOUS!!

- Julie
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-21 03:28 pm (UTC)


I think people might like you Eliza :) and your knitting, perhaps...
hurting hands would be why I intentionally try to knit as loose as I can get away with.
instead of knitting, though (sad) I have to do two physics problem sets at once. simultaneously. together. that sort of thing.
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