It's a perfect Three on Thursday post because...I knit it three times. Above: the final, version 3 .
It was a gift for sister Lulu, she wanted something chunky, and I thought I'd supersize the aran weight pattern into something slouchier.
Above, a view of unravelling between V1 & 2.
V1 was ginormous. Version 2 was smaller, but not quite small enough (I like loose hats, turns out sister Lulu does not, and to be fair, she's petite) . V3, knit Tuesday night, just right.
Are you wondering which yarn I'm using for all this knitting, ripping out and knitting again. ? The hand dyed is a Wonderland Yarns Tweedle Dee Dum bulky weight merino in the colorway January (nailed it! so. exactly. right). and the grey is Quince Osprey. Both feel soft and squooshy and warm. Both held up fabulously to the re-do and the re-do of the re-do.It looks cute on her, right? --and she showed up wearing gift circa 2010 granny square scarf .
I'll be knitting more of these. Because it's a great design. Thing 2: The brioche section, which is essentially double weight, is great on the ears. Also if you like brioche but don't loovvvvve it, it is just a small section of the project. However, I DO I loovvvvve brioche, so I'm ready to cast on another brioche project.
My final version used size 7US needles for the brioche section and size 10US for the rest of it. This 3 sizes difference is what the designer suggested. When I knit V1, I thought really full brioche would be better, so I used size 9 needles. Nope! Duh! Listen to the designer! It was waaaay too relaxed.
The very large V1. See how much poufier the brioche is compared to the top? Two heads could have fit in there.
Thing three: this is a very well-written pattern, just follow the instructions and don't try to mess around with it like I did on V1 and V2--- you'll have a fab hat the first time around.
Belated happy new year! December blogging was obliterated by my return to yoga plus holiday related activity. I'm not saying I'll be back daily but I'll be here...more.
And, in the interest of sharing BTS, here's the uncropped view of my top photo. Usually I duck outside to make a quick photo on the porch but it's so freakin' cold out I just didn't want to.
So... here you see an old roasting pan, some paint chips I picked up to choose colors for painting the stairs and stairway walls (I guess their colorway is also January?) . I plopped it on a cabinet that gets decent light from windows nearby. I'm getting very enamored of shooting on old baking trays. You'll see more of that this year, too, no doubt.
Stay warm fellow east coasters in the US! Knit a new hat today!