Friday, October 03, 2008

Cooking Up a Hat

A couple of weeks ago I showed you some yarn I had John pick out for a hat and asked you for pattern ideas.


There were some good suggestions:
I liked them all, but it was really more what John wanted that mattered. I had him look through patterns one afternoon and Ascutney Mountain Hat from Green Mountain Spinnery was the winner. I was all set to order it until I realized the shipping would cost more than the pattern. Nope, I couldn't do it. I'd have to see if I could come up with something similar on my own.

This is what I cooked up.


Pattern:
I started with the Cabled Headband from The Knitter's Book of Yarn, picked up stitches around one edge, knit until it seemed right and then finished with decreases inspired by Knit A Square.

Needles: US 7
Yarn: El Coyote Ranch 60% Wool, 40% Mohair
Color: Dark Gray

John tried the hat on last night and said with a smile, "It's just what I wanted."

Since I didn't use any of the light gray yarn, I have a little more "cooking" to do. Maybe something for me...

21 comments:

  1. Fantastic! I love how you improvised and came up with a really great hat.

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  2. That is fabulous! How cool to cobble to patterns together and come up with something so unique.

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  3. That's fantastic! I'm really impressed with your ability to work those patterns together.

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  4. As they say, "Necessity is the mother of invention!". It's a very handsome hat!

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  5. I want to see John modeling. :) Great hat! I have "turn a square" in my queue. I'd like to make it for my nephew.

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  6. fabulous!! You are so very clever to cook up this pattern :-) I love when that kind of thing works.

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  7. AWESOME! Now he needs to model it for us! :o)

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  8. Tracy, you are quite ingenious. I don't think I would have been able to improvise so well...but the hat turned out superb. The main thing is that John liked it, right? How about a matching one for you?

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  9. John's hat looks like a prefect match for him. It is nice to see how you matched the two styles and made them work so well.
    Yes I think you should make up a hat for yourself. Can't wait to see what you cook up :)

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  10. Wow! I'm so impressed. I have ventured into making up my own pattern yet, but you did amazing...and he thought it was just right!

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  11. It's perfect - and obviously it's perfect for him! Now can you get a picture of him wearing it when the weather is cool enough?

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  12. Ooooh, I like it!

    You are a great "cook" with yarn and needles. Nice job.

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  13. Wow! You are one talented knitter! I would be so scared of messing up trying to improvise my own pattern, let alone combining two.
    I ♥ the results!

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  14. Amazing hat - now you need to knit one for yourself!! I love cable knit stitches - so intricate and beautiful.

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  15. That is an awesome looking hat, Tracy! I hope to some day be a good enough knitter that I can do what you did. :-)

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  16. Great hat!

    I stopped in a while back to see you were safely home and left a comment, but for some reason it didn't "stick". So.. a belated welcome back home and so glad that the worst of the storm missed your area.

    Loved the shell photos, and your t-shirt looks great.

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  17. Wow! That's amazing. The hat turned out just terrific. I'm so glad he liked it!

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  18. The hat has great balance and looks quite celtic. Have you looked at this blog for patterns, she has some beautiful ones. http://smariek.blogspot.com/ Her previous posts are in English and I love her pattterns - the Persephone scarf was her design. Also another blog with great hat patterns is http://kodymayknits.blogspot.com/
    all of these patterns are free.

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  19. That is an inspiration of a hat. It looks as though it would fit comfortably without being too large in the crown. Hope it gets may years of wear.

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  20. I like your hat better than the pattern you linked; the cable is more to my taste. It's a very successful project!

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  21. And what a great "chef" you are! Wonderful hat and cable stitch pattern.

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy