Hey hey – look over here!
(and don’t think about how I still haven’t fixed Kris’s pullover…)
While I should have been fixing one knit, I decided to work on others… for the obligations of my knitalong the January Hat Trick on Puck This!, the Ravelry hockey forum. I guess I can say that the hat knitting has proven to be quite fun AND addictive. I still have tons of hats planned for January… even though I completed my first Hat Trick! (Three hats, like three hockey goals, constitutes a “hat trick”!)
This was a quickie goal scored in the first period – the first third of the month! – on a great feed from one of my favorite players, Mr. Max Talbot (see him behind me?) I completed this hat during the Penguins win over Atlanta earlier this week.
Pattern: “Aspen” from Classic Elite book #9092 (Autumn, Book 1)
Yarn: Lana Grossa Cool Wool Big, navy colorway, held double throughout
Needles: Size US 13 dpns
[More photos here]
I chose to go with a lighter weight yarn and went down one needle size (from 15s to 13s) in order to reduce some of the flop. It is an extremely stretchy hat due to the lace patterning. I think it would be a completely different look had I used the larger bulky yarn and big needles. However, I like the hat, and while it isn’t really a winter weather warmth hat because of the holes, it is still cute and will get some wear in the transition seasons.
This goal was a slapshot from the blue line! Hat trick complete! but, since I am now addicted to making hats, I think I will definitely be casting on for some more this month! Actually, this hat is for Kris – but since it was my third goal of the month (and Kris wasn’t home) here I am wearing it – I finished it up during the Penguins sad loss to Colorado (but, it was a good game). Maybe next time the power of the hat can propel them to a win?
Penguins Patch Hat
Pattern: Ski Beanie from Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit and Crochet for Men
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, black and yellow
Needles: Size US 5 circs – 16″
I had thought about getting a patch for a hat for awhile, but when I met Amanda and her DH back in November and saw the football patch hat that she made for him, I decided to go for it. The patch adds a classy vintage look and the hat is way better than the acrylic machine knit hats you often see at fan and sporting goods shops. I found the patch online – there are many on Ebay as well as on different fan sites for just about any team and sport you can think of – in fact, I picked up two because I am definitely gonna need one now too The pattern was easy and fun – a garter rib pattern that adds a slightly different look than the traditional ribbing. It fits really well – snug but not tight and covers the ears well. I would probably make this one again given the opportunity (I can already see myself making this one for my football-loving brother-in-laws) The pattern in the book is knit flat and seamed up, but I modified to knit it in the round, simply changing the 2nd row of the repeat to *knit* rather than *purl* since it was in the round. I avoid seaming when I can! First time working with Berroco Ultra Alpaca, and I can see why this yarn is so popular – it is beautiful. I am hoping that it holds the shape and doesn’t fuzz, because I am sure this hat is going to get a ton of wear! In fact, of all of the things I have knit for Kris – socks & sweaters – I believe that this one may be his favorite of all!
…okay, and now I can work on the pullover fixes… or cast on for another hat… I still have plenty of January left for another set of goals