Saturday, January 24, 2009

Finished: Inga Hat

This hat was my first foray into stranded (two-color) knitting, and I'm going to call it a success. I was fairly competent with the whole knitting-with-both-hands-at-the-same-time thing, but my technique was shot every time I need to twist the yarns together to prevent long floats. (Explanation for non-knitters: If there is a run of stitches just in one color, you have to twist the yarns over each other in the back so that there isn't a long strand of the opposite color on the back, since it could get caught on something. Like your ear.) I'm sure there's a way to handle the yarns for this, but that epiphany has yet to come to me.

The pattern is free and can be found here. I noticed that a lot people did not knit the whole chart, since the resulting hat would be super tall. I can't remember what row I started on, but I'm guessing it was somewhere around 20. You can see how the bottom of the first row of diamond shapes has been cut off. I wasn't a huge fan of the top decreases, since they resulted in a decidedly pointy shape.

You may be saying to yourself, "But Sarah, you have been complaining for months about how this hat was going to be too small, and yet you have managed to get it onto your head!" Ok, you probably aren't saying that, but yes, I have been complaining that the hat was too small. What you can't see in the pictures is the nice firm hug the hat is giving to my head. It did grow a little in blocking, but it will need to stretch out a bit more to be officially comfortable.

Oh yarn, someone always asks about yarn. The yarn is 100% wool and was a gift from a friend traveling through Finland. I'm pretty sure the label is somewhere on the floor of my trailer in Yellowstone, so that's as about specific as I can get. I used a size 4 needle, but I probably should have gone up to a 5 to eliminate the head squeeze of death.

11 comments:

muchadored said...

Head squeeze of death = nobody's friend. However, the hat looks super cute. I would never know it was your first try at stranded colorwork if you hadn't said so. Cute!

joanne said...

I like it!
I am not good at twisting yarn together. It never comes out right.
You should post a picture of the inside of the hat.

Veronica said...

Lovely!

I know a way to 'twist' the yarn that doesn't involve letting go or moving the balls around. Works like a charm, but I will have to find a smart way to explain it.

Kristin J said...

Thank you for the explanation for people like me. It was appreciated. I really like how it turned out, especially your color choice. Very cute.

Quick question: do you start knitting a hat like this on the bottom then? The top of the hat would be the last part you knit?

Charley said...

Awesome hat. You've inspired me to pick up my knitting needles again.

crazyknittinglady said...

Yours is lovely! I wish that I had done further consulting before starting, because I too would likely have started several rows into the chart. My finished Inga looks more like a tea-cosy and I'm still deciding what to do with it - rip it or felt it?

reluctantMANGO said...

Ah, the dreaded twist. I have two pairs of colorwork mittens languishing in their project bags because I have yet to master the technique :( Perhaps I'll have to ask for help - your hat is so beautiful, it may be the inspiration I need to give it another shot!

petunialu said...

congratulations on the FO! I am inspired...

knittinandnoodlin said...

Wow, Sarah! That turned out beautifully! You did a great job with it! I'm always so impressed with colorwork...one of these days I'll get brave. =)

Amy ER said...

I'm agog at your knitting prowess. Well done.

As for leaving C'bad in the dust...no regrets here, and you won't have any, either!

Mary said...

The hat is great! I've just gone back to knitting after a looooong hiatus (ok - at least 30 years). A friend and I took a refresher course in early December. I knit a few scarves for Christmas gifts but that's it. I'd love to be able to make a hat or even an easy sweater. Or even socks. I need to go back to the yarn store where I took the class and see what they're offering for classes in the spring.

Anyway, it's a lovely hat.

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