Friday, December 10, 2010


Today I unveil the first installment of the 52 hats project...

... and make my debut as a model. I decided to take advantage of the simultaneous availability of some lovely morning light and my husband, the photo alchemist. Mine was the only free head around-- though I did make this for a fellow redhead. Note to self: wear more green.

Project Notes

Yarn: Berroco Cuzco, a bulky-weight alpaca/wool blend. I have worked with its cousin Ultra Alpaca before and I just love the fantastic heathered colors in this line. This is Peat Mix. I knit it to the pattern gauge of 5 stitches/inch, and I suspect it might be happier at a gauge of 3-4. Having spent a good deal of time with Ultra Alpaca, I also suspect that this will grow some and drape a bit better after washing. I used almost exactly one skein. Let me illustrate:

These are the tails before I wove them in. I love having practically no leftovers! And there is something a tiny bit thrilling about coming so close to disaster. Though running out of yarn would have made necessary another trip to Purl Diva...

Pattern: Felicity by Wanett Clyde. I can see why this pattern is so popular on Ravelry-- it's hip, quick, easy, and free. I love the pleated top and the slight slouchiness-- I hope the recipient feels the same. It's also versatile-- if you roll the brim, you can wear it as a beanie. I cast on 10 more stitches than the pattern calls for-- as written, it yields a 14" unstretched circumference, and I thought that was a bit too tight. Other than that, no modifications. Thanks, Wanett!

Techniques: Long tail cast-on-- someday I will figure out how to measure the yarn so I end up with an appropriate length tail-- and lifted M1 increase. Oh, and it's knit in the round-- though I can't really imagine making a hat any other way. Sideways, maybe, but otherwise a seamed hat just makes no sense to me.

The Bottom Line: This was an excellent project to start my hat-a-thon. You could make a pile of these for last-minute holiday gifts or as stash-busters. I'm planning to make one for myself at some point.

One down, 51 to go!


  1. Oh, I LOVE this hat! Great job. The color looks awesome with your hair. : )

  2. Gorgeous and yes do wear more green!

  3. Awesome idea (52 hats in 52 weeks) and great hat! I'll have to add the pattern to my queue for when I get better at knitting.

    I have two skeins of Cuzco, one is a forest green (no longer listed on the website oddly) and the other an oatmeal (also not on the Berroco website). It's great to hear that it's a good yarn. I have yet to work with it, but just fell in love with how squishy and soft it was.

  4. wow that colour does go so well with your hair which is a stunning colour, love the hat very cute x

  5. Not sure I'd know what to do with 52 hats but love the idea! Good luck, your first hat is lovely (as is your hair, very jealous!) x

  6. Your fist hat looks great. I can't imagine 52 hats. Good luck to you.

  7. Gosh, and I wasn't even remotely fishing for compliments... thanks everyone!

    Tami-- I agree, Cuzco is the squishiest! Good luck with your knitting!

  8. Love this idea, and I think it's very attainable. Can't wait to see all the hats!

  9. Definitely wear more green, that hat looks amazing against your hair! And the hat itself is a very cool pattern---I like its slight slouchiness (but beanie-able versatility), too. A 52 hats project is such a fun idea, too.

  10. Are you sure you want to give this hat away? It looks lovely on you, especially with your hair color.

    I love the idea of this project -- I really wish I had more time to do the same.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment!

  11. An excellent start to your project! Yes, the green hat looks perfect with your red hair. : )