Bespeckle (plus giveaway)

Bespeckle is up on ravelry, there’s yarn to give away on instagram, and the pattern is 10% off for the first few days it’s out with the code SPECK.

This was just supposed to be about the pompoms. I had this burning need to put all the stuff I find myself saying about pompoms (how to get them really full and round, how to make them detachable, how to add stripes or polkadots, what tools I like) down in one place.  So I figured fine, I’ll embrace the delightful ridiculousness that is my life and do just that.

But then it turned out that you can’t really put a pompom pattern on ravelry by itself, they want something you actually knit or crochet to go with it.  And I’m cool with that, it’s their house, they get to make the rules!  So I thought sure, I’ll add a basic hat (because clearly you want a hat to show off your new pompom).  But it turns out I am unable to knit a truly plain hat.  Oh and I’d been sort of wanting an excuse to explore adding speckles to my knitting.  And if I’m already giving serious thought to pompoms, well, I’ve clearly abandoned all pretext that my knitting should be serious and somber…so why not combine the two!

 

And you know what…it turns out that when I talked about this over on insgatram, no one came up and said ‘you’re not being serious enough, I’m taking your yarn away and making you sit in time out until you feel like knitting a steeked, colorwork cardigan on fingering weight yarn.’  Instead, at least some of you said you wanted to play too.  And so that’s how we find ourselves here, with an absurdly detailed pattern talking about pompoms and speckles.

So, if your first though was ‘actually yes, that sort of is what I’ve been looking for,’ then you can grab the pattern for 10% off with the code SPECK for the next few days.  And if you’re thinking ‘sooooo…about that time out corner’ then don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll do something more respectable soon…maybe…no promises!  But either way, be sure to check out instagram for a giveaway of the awesome SpaceCadet yarn I used to make these with…it’s yummy, you totally want it!

 

 

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!