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Rinoa1024
« on: November 02, 2010 05:18:58 PM »

This is a double knit, reversible beanie knit from Knitpicks Essential (from stash, yay!)  The logo is the "renegade" logo from Mass Effect.  I started knitting this beanie for my boyfriend sometime in February (after the release of Mass Effect 2) and finished it in April...only to find that it was an inch too short for his head. Sad  It sat unworn for a few months before I frogged and reknit the crown about 2 weeks ago.  Finished blocking on Halloween.  Now he has a new winter hat. Smiley

He's normally camera-shy but was sweet enough to model for me.

At first he was like...


But then he lol'd. Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2010 06:39:17 PM »

I love it. I haven't been brave enough to take on double knitting yet but this makes me want to. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2010 08:16:49 PM »

That looks really really really really awesome. Good job!
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010 09:33:16 AM »

oooh! wow what an awesome hat- it must be so lovely and warm!! And you have such patience!! Smiley

i am in awe ~double knitting looks incredibly hard!
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010 07:33:42 PM »

The hat is Fantastic, excellent job!  I'm so glad that you frogged it back and re-worked it, your work is really nice, :-)
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Rinoa1024
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2010 04:11:07 PM »

Thanks everyone! Grin 

To the people who think double knitting is hard/scary (eep!):  When I designed this hat, I knew I wanted it to be double-layered because sock yarn doesn't produce a thick enough fabric for a beanie.  I liked the look of double-knitting but it ended up being a little too complicated to me too (this was my first "double-knitted" project).  I wasn't used to constantly switching between knitting and purling and keeping track of two working yarns, so I improvised a different technique to produce the same result.

I had the hat layers on two separate circulars and went back and forth between the two needles for each round I knitted.  Whenever there was a color change, I'd use my working yarn and swap to the other needle and work all the stitches that needed that color.  Then I'd go back to the first needle and knit the stitches I skipped over in the other color.  I knitted back and forth between the needles like this until I finished the logo.  At that point, I knitted the crowns separately.  It was quite fiddly but I preferred doing it this way because I worked with one yarn at a time (compared to constantly switching between knitting and purling and keeping track of two working yarns).  The downside is you have to have two sets of needles that are the same size and it probably takes longer to knit this way.  However, it may be worth a try if you like the look of double knitting but find the traditional technique a little daunting. Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2010 09:02:01 AM »

Looks really warm and cozy, v. wearable.  Nice job.
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2010 04:17:39 PM »

Thanks for the advice. I might have to try my hand at a Cerberus logo. for skiing this winter.... although I might have it finished in time for NEXT winter. Cheesy

Did you just lay out the pattern on graph paper?
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Rinoa1024
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010 07:20:09 PM »

I used knitPro.  Graph paper works equally well.  If you use knitPro, you'll have to clean up the chart that's generated because the edges get "fuzzy" (you'll see what I mean if you try it).  Just print out the chart and color in the stitches with a marker. 

If you decide to knit a beanie with a charted logo on it, make sure you chart the logo so it is stretched a little bit vertically.  I didn't do that when I charted the renegade logo and it ended up looking a little stretched out horizontally when the beanie is worn on the head (it looks normal when the hat is not being worn). 

Please do knit a Cerberus hat!  I'd really like to see it, even if I have to wait a year. Tongue!
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010 07:50:57 PM »

I figured that the Cerberus logo would be easy enough to do, plus I love Miranda so much that I'm going to do a Miranda costume at some point but this just looks like so much fun. Cheesy

I'll make sure to link this project when I get it finished, it was your idea first.

Thanks again for all the info.
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