So, I got a little bit sidetracked from finishing up my uncompleted projects. This is because I made an unscheduled visit to Seaport Yarn on Friday and could not stop myself from purchasing two skeins of Noro Big Kureyon. It is so beautiful! Here are the results of my impulse purchase:http://www.jodisax.com/crafty/DSCF0016.JPGhttp://www.jodisax.com/crafty/melantern.JPG
Top view of the hat:http://www.jodisax.com/crafty/lanterntop.JPG
You really can't see the flowers well in the pic, but they are my favorite part. The best knit flower pattern I've found to date (pattern below):http://www.jodisax.com/crafty/lantern%20side.JPG
I knit the scarf using the free multidirectional scarf pattern by Karen Baumer: http://douma.net/Karen/knitting/Accessory-Scarves/Multidirectional_Diagonal_Scarf.htm
Next, I knit up a hat that I designed on the fly, which looks to me like a Chinese lantern because of the shape it took interspersing the random wool boucle yarn I had lying around with a double strand of the big Kureyon. I embelished it with knit pansies made from the Big Kureyon (single strand) : cast on 16 LOOSELY, [knit, knit in back loop, knit again] in each stitch, cast off purlwise, then form into flowers and attach. Sew stamen in center of flowers with contrasting color, beads, or whatever you would like.
Very, very warm and I really like how these turned out. The pictures don't do the Big Kureyon justice. It is GORGEOUS.
To make hat (pattern is not very exact because you can modify # of rows to fit your head):
Cast on 40 stitches of two strands Noro Big Kureyon onto size 15 circ or double points
purl one row
continue in the Big Kureyon (BK) in garter stitch for about 6 more rounds
switch to wool boucle and purl for about 4 rounds
switch back to BK and continue in garter stitch, commencing with purl row, for about 6 rounds
switch back to wool boucle and purl about 4 more rounds
switch back to BK/garter stitch, purl one round
[CHECK HAT TO SEE IF IT FITS BEFORE BEGINNING DECREASE; you can knit more or take out a few rows as needed - my head is big!]
continuing in BK, begin decrease rows, k2, k2 together for round --> 30 stitches
purl next row in BK
decrease row - K1, K2 tog --> 20stitches
purl next row
decrease row - k2 together around --> 10 stitches
purl one row
break yarn leaving tail, put remaining stitches on yarn tail and pull together, tie and weave in ends.
I used 2 skeins of Noro Big Kureyon for both hat and scarf, and about 30 yards of wool boucle for hat.