And now we start actually knitting

So, after all those swatches, it’s time to actually knit the thing!

I’m doing a rolled brim (in part because I like how it looks and fits, but also in part because I want to get to the color change bit as quickly as I can, and plowing through a solid brim in the colorful yarn lets me get there quick).

And I generally cast on over two needles (not to make the cast on stretchier, it doesn’t do that, but it does make the loops of my first row of stitches a better match for the rest of my knitting…I’m a loose knitter but a tight cast-er on-er, and this balances things out).

And then it’s time to cruise along, clicking happily away, and wait for the color change!  You know, assuming I don’t get distracted by cupcakes and fall down that rabbit hole…

Colorful yarn is Freia Fine Handpaints’ Sport base in the color Flare. White yarn is Malabrigo’s Rios in Natural.  And the needles, alas, have no brand as they’re some random ones I found somewhere along the way.

 

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Tip top

So this is done…

And it’s unquestionably adorable.  Like that’s totally a good looking hat, no doubt about it.

But wait till you see the top.  I mean that’s just pretty much magic!

I’m not even going to pretend to say anything modest or self effacing.  That’s grand, I love it, and it makes me gloriously happy!

 

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All grown up

So, those itty bitty hats we did back before the holidays?  Yeah, they needed people versions.

Now…I am totally not diligent enough to make all 12 of them into people versions.  Because that is…well…that is an unreasonable amount of knitting/photography to pull off for one pattern.  A dozen hats is a book, not an individual pattern.  I’m just not that cool.

But…I can manage a few…likely three.

So I’ve picked some of my favorites and am zipping along.

Yarns are Alegria Grande (in Natural) and Maxima (in Daffodil), both by Manos del Uruguay (looks like one skein of each yarn should be enough to knit two hats).  If I knit with a color called daffodil, it’s pretty much guaranteed to make the flowers come up sooner right?  That’s totally how it works?  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

 

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Just about done

Home stretch…

The decreases on this are fun.

You work them inside the cables (like on Imply and Welter) and it’s just a really neat trick to have in your knitting tool kit.  It keeps the lines of the cables zipping along perfectly.

Plus you’ll feel super clever when you do it.  Which is a not insubstantial part of my motivation for knitting anything!

Pattern Tuesday, at which point you’ll see just how pretty the top of this one really is!

 

Playing favorites

I resolutely decline to pick a favorite side.

They’re both nifty in their own way.

And I love how different they look from each other.  Sure stitches that look the same on both sides are cool and all…and useful for all sorts of things.

But having one that is lovely and different on each side…that’s something grand!

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