Monday, February 9, 2009

Res Completa: Inga Ski Hat

The onset of wintertime and snow on the mountains means it's time for a new ski hat. Enter Inga:



Pattern: Inga Hat, by Sheila Macdonald
Yarn: Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool, 1 skein of Amethyst and 1.5 of Silk; a little bit of Cascade 220 for the grey stripe
Needles: US 3 and 5 dpns and circs
Start to Finish: January 19-21, 2009

Mods: I made the hat shorter a la Hello Yarn (and lots of others on Ravelry) by starting the colorwork at row 24 instead of row 9. Other than that, everything's as it should be.

Notes: After admiring some gorgeous versions of this hat (these are two of my favorites), I immediately added it to the queue. And after finishing an as-yet-unblogged sweater that required maths and shaping and frogging and reknitting, I was in desperate need of a palate cleanser. This hat fit the bill perfectly. The braid at the bottom was certainly an interesting trick to learn and I love the look of it. The colorwork pattern was challenging in that each row was different and I couldn't just memorize it, but not so difficult that I had to watch what I was doing with each stitch. And as a hat, it was a small project that gave that nice sense of instant gratification. Add to that that it used up some stash yarn...the perfect project at the perfect time!



Inga and I hit the slopes this weekend and had a great time. I think she's a keeper (even though she does make my head look a bit pointy).

16 comments:

peaknits said...

I have this hat on me needles - I just love your version! Have fun skiing!

Thea said...

I think the point kind of works with the pattern - it's a gorgeous hat - I'm double impressed with the challenging colorwork - you did an amazing job!

sheepish one said...

amethyst... as in a beautiful purple? i see that now. at first i thought the hat was black and white. but the amethyst, wow! so sophisticated! and the brim, that may be my favorite part.
it's beautiful. i have never done colorwork -- i'm so intimidated!

hyeknitter said...

Great hat - I really like the braided edging. Looking forward to seeing your new sweater.

Susan said...

That looks great! How you finished it in a few mere days....I've been working on a simple hat forever now. lol

Aline la Bergère said...

I so want to learn how to make the braid! The colours sound like they should be gorgeous...my screen doesn't do it justice. I think it looks great on you. ps I enjoyed all the evergreens...me still under so much snow...!

Sophy said...

i think it looks beautiful! ^_^

Eliza said...

I love your colors! That pattern has been in my queue for a while; maybe I should take the plunge!

the Lady said...

Nice!

CanarySanctuary said...

Very classic and sophisticated! (I think it's the colour combo and victorian-esque pattern givin me that vibe) Quite a wonderful palette cleanser. Gotta love those palette cleansers :)

MrPuffy said...

It's so perfect on you!!! Wonderful mods ~ makes a much more modern hat style. BTW, I was almost called Inga - so of course I love the hat :)

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Very nice!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the ski cap!

a friend to knit with said...

absolutely perfect! that little braid stitch is fabulous!

Philigry said...

love this one! it looks so great on you.

Journeying Five said...

love the hat, you did a great job!