Friday, March 25, 2011

Giant Snowflakes!!

Since I am the queen of overly ambitious agendas and non-binding resolutions, I've made an entirely unenforceable pact with myself to post on all hats that are (currently) at least 90% finished by next Friday. By my calculations, that's four hats... yipes! Time to dust off the old speed-blogging manual...

Yesterday, I delivered hat 12 to its new owner-- my lovely coworker Jess, whom I haven't seen much since she busted her leg skiing. She's not been relishing the activity restrictions, though it does force her to sit still for the camera:

I think she likes the hat... my creepy papparazzi-ing, not so much.

Project Notes

Yarn: Canopy Worsted-- and a bit of Canopy Fingering for the lining. This stuff is softness itself, and too lovely to languish in my stash for as long as it did. Though I suppose the point of a stash is the ability to knit awesome things at a moment's notice. You see, I'm learning! I'm planning to knit my next batch of hats entirely from stash yarn-- contrary to popular belief, I do have some.

Pattern: Improvised! Jess is a hardcore winter adventurer, thus the snowflake motif, which I borrowed from TPHPE (The Prettiest Hot Pad Ever!) by Heather Zoppetti. It's a large motif, so the design is basically just three repeats of the chart. I did a hemmed edge because nothing else would fit! Though I do love a hemmed edge, and that extra layer of warmth is just the thing for cold, windy rides on the chairlift.

Techniques: I had a spot of bother figuring out how to close the top of the hat-- the motif is so tall that I needed to decrease very quickly to prevent the hat from being too long, or worse, poofy on the top. This excellent calculator helped immensely-- the top of the hat is nice and flat, even though I ignored some of the directions... And since I had to unravel and start over twice, I learned how to properly de-kink yarn for re-knitting*-- TECHknitter, as usual, showed me the way.

The Bottom Line: I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out-- it was worth the false starts to get it right in the end. I was also glad to do my part in the "Cheer Up Jess" effort-- she'll be back to imperiling herself in no time.

Stay tuned for more thrilling hat posts than you can shake a stick at-- and while you're at it, check out some other lovely stuff at FO Friday!

*How's THAT for looking on the bright side?


  1. The hat is epic! I love it so much. I can't wait to see all of your hats next week!

  2. The hat is gorgeous! I love the pattern. I sure hope it cheered your friend up.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

  3. I'm super impressed with how you translated the snowflake motif into a hat design. It came our beautifully. And I appreciate the link to the calculator!

  4. The hat looks great, I am impressed with your colourwork skills and patttern improvising ability

  5. That hat is amazing!! The colour is actually makes me think of going skiing!!

  6. That hat looks so warm and comfy. I love the snowflake. Nice work!

  7. Just a quick note to let you know I've nominated you for an award. I've blogged about it here:

  8. I was just led to you by craftycripple, and I am so glad she nominated you. I love the 52 hats idea. I look forward to following your continuing progress, and I may have to try this myself next year. What a great idea!

  9. I love how you improvised on this. The snowflake motif turned out beautifully.