First of all, THANK YOU to everyone for the extremely sweet comments on my Drops Jacket! I have been blushing continuously since the very first comment and am once again reminded of why I love knitblogland and all the gracious people in it!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. You all made my day(s)...again!
So last weekend I was finally able to take some photos of a hat I made for my sister-in-law:
This was a quick, improvised knit that I based on a beret Hillary (my sister-in-law...we have the same name...it gets very confusing) and I saw in Urban Outfitters after Christmas. It looked so cute on her that I promised immediately to make her one. I made it as a beret, but it's non-slouchy enough to be worn as a cap, which I believe is Hillary Two-Ls' preferred method of usage.
Yarn: Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky, a little over 2 balls of grey
Needles: 7mm circs
Start to Finish: around January 6-7, 2008 (chunky yarn = superfast)
Unfortunately, in the only photo I have of the hat worn as a beret, my dork husband* is modeling it, and it looks all poofy, but just to give you an idea of the beret-ness...
(Oh, dear. What have I done?)
I didn't take great notes, but it was extremely simple and I believe I did something like the following:
Gauge: 3.5 sts/inch
- CO 84 sts
- Join for working in the round
- Work 3 rounds of 2x2 ribbing
- Over next 2 rounds, increase 2 stitches for each 4 cast on
- Continue in 2x2 ribbing for desired length (I think this one's about 4.5" from CO to beginning of decreases)
- *k2, p2tog* to end
- *k2, p1* to end
- Repeat last round twice more
- *k2tog, p1* to end
- Repeat last round once more
- *work in pattern (knit the knits, purl the purls) for 6 stitches, k2tog* to end
- *work in pattern for 5 stitches, k2tog* to end
- *work in pattern for 4 stitches, k2tog* to end
- *work in pattern for 3 stitches, k2tog* to end
- *work in pattern for 2 stitches, k2tog* to end
- *work in pattern for 1 stitch, k2tog* to end
- *k2tog* to end
- break yarn, thread through live stitches, pull tightly to close
My apologies -- that's extremely general and not very well written. If anyone else is improvising a chunky-knit beret-like hat and would like more specifics or to compare notes, let me know.
*Just to prove that he is not a complete weirdo and that he is in fact allowed around small children:
(That's not our baby, it's Amanda's. Though it's a nice thought... :) )