Thanks so much for all the awesome feedback everyone
I have to say I just fell in love with that yarn. I was just browsing the shop in town and grabbed it. I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but then I remembered Shedir and how I wanted to try it!
Although I have to admit I'm cured of anything remotely Shedir-like for a good long time. I have a newfound respect for sock knitters and anyone who loves to knit a million tiny stitches in the round like that!!! Heh suffice to say I'm now playing with some entrelac in a nice thick yarn and 5.5mm needles
Thanks Calysa for posting the pattern
You should all check out the one Eunny Jang knitted. That's what initally inspired me actually: http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/01/shedir.html
That woman has excellent taste in yarn I must say.
This hat is long. It's meant to cover your hairline. I did only 3 repeats of the pattern before decreasing. I retrospect I should have done 4 or maybe even the 5 because I have an abnormally huge head and thick hair. The wonderful thing about wool however is that it's so forgiving when blocking.
I blocked mine twice. Once, right on my head to stretch it down to the length I wanted it, and the second time I just blocked the ribbed edge to tighten it a bit.
Lemme see if I can find the label for everyone....ok:
Color: 10107 Lot 2636
Feeling by Lana Gatto,
70% Extrafine New Merino Wool
Made in Italy
A Norma Della Legge
N.883 Del 26.11.73
shiny isn't it?. For such a dark yarn, it somehow just glints in the light, it really has beautiful depth to it. And it's so soft! Oh, it is a couple of tones darker than the picture actually. The flash lightened it up a bit. But it's still beautiful!
And like I said earlier, by twisting the stitches, the pattern is thinner and raised in an almost delicate way. I really prefer how that looks for this hat over the wider regular knit stitches.
Good luck to all who try it. The pattern itself isn't too hard to figure out, for me it was the fiddling near the end with my slippery needles and those tiny stitches. Thank goodness for the shininess or I'd be blind by now.