Every year my knitting group makes hats, scarves and gloves for an area homeless shelter, which we drop off the week before Thanksgiving. A lot of the hats I'm making for the "13 in '13" knit-along are heading there way, but I wanted to share the quickest, most satisfying pattern I've found.
Margaret Radcliffe, in her Circular Knitting Workshop book, calls it the Helix Hat; it's a simple roll-brim cap with jogless stripes. It's a quick knit, and I've used up a lot of small bits of leftovers in a delightful way! You can make them short and perky, long and slouchy, decorate them with pompoms, tassels or buttons, dress 'em up or down -- and still finish them in a night or two!
(In fact, it's kinda addictive -- I can't stop making them!)
"Friends, Vulcans, academy cadets - lend me your ears....
...I come to clothe Spock, not to embarrass him...."
I wish I could take better photographs -- the ears are not so disproportionately large as they seem in the picture.
Turns out the salmon colored yarn was waaay too thin for this, so I decided to dye some white fingering stuff I had. How hard could it be to get Vulcan flesh color? I found out how hard -- and this is as close as I could get!
And the hair seems a bit long in the back to me -- perhaps this is mullet-Spock?
Still, this was a quick, fun knit, and it's going to be a novelty gift for my boss this Christmas. I'm pleased.
I've got a small skein of a pinkish tan salmon-colored sport weight yarn I'm determined to make work for this, since I don't know what else I can use it for!
I know a lot of knitters are very scornful of Red Heart, but I've picked up some skeins that were nice and soft, while being pretty durable. Then again, I've picked up some skeins that felt like steel wool! I particularly like the Super Soft jumbo skeins - just be sure it's a color you don't mind seeing for a while.
Nice job, loveofcuteness! That looks like a wonderfully warm hat.
#2 needles, always? I'm impressed - that takes real patience!
I've got a couple of projects on needles right now; a small shawl, a baby blanket, and a pair of fingerless gloves. But I feel the need for another hat.
I have the pattern for The Barry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/barry-2, but I notice in the instructions that it relies on severe blocking to shape it. I'm cheap, and most of the yarn I have on hand is acrylic. Nice acrylic, soft acrylic, but not very blockable acrylic. I need to knit up a lot more of what I have before I can go buy wool, so I'm going to put that off for a month.
Good luck with the hat, always; it's a pretty cool pattern. I'm looking forward to trying it again in a slightly larger (adult) version. the designer seems to recommend needles 2 sizes smaller than the yarn suggests, to make it stiffer. I started with the recommended #6 for Vanna's Choice yarn, altho' I admit I inadvertantly picked up #8 when I picked up the rown, and scaled back to #7's when I realized the error. Can't really fault the designer for anything, after that!
Lovely beanies, coulsenl; they look nice and warm!
Pleased to say the Max Hat finally did come together. I was stuck on the part where you attach the I-cord brim to the body of the hat. As it turns out, you have to fold the brim up -- and then roll it back a bit.
You're right, always, there is a lot of picking up stitches -- not one of my favorite things! I also discovered I don't care for knitting "in-the-round" on two needles, and there's a ton of that on the ears, the crown points and the ear flaps. My sister suggested I try using two circulars next time.
This is going to the daughter of a friend of mine for her birthday, along with a copy of "Where The Wild Things Are"
And then, just because I've got sooooo many scraps to knit up....
I may end up keeping this one for me. I should get at least one hat out of this adventure, don't you think?