Friday, May 17, 2013

A Rainy Day Hat

April Showers


Pattern: as the leaves begin to fall by Eliza Jarvi
Yarn: Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK in Pebble and green
Needles: US 6
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I queued this pattern as soon as Eliza released it! I had in mind to make it out of LOFT, but as I can't decide which colors to use until I have all the colors and I wanted the hat sooner than later, I decided to pick some other yarn. We are no longer carrying Sublime yarns in our shop, so I figured I'd finally grab some and do something with it, so the stars aligned and here we are!

Pardon my totally creepy expression.
The pattern is fantastic. The decreases required a lot of attention, but look absolutely fabulous. I had a few of my own troubles, of course. I didn't choose a green that contrasts enough with the grey/tan, so I couldn't knit on it in the evening by the light of our dim lamp because I couldn't tell the colors apart! In daylight the leaves are quite easy to see, but they could be easier. I also started the hat over three or four times because my stranding was puckering. I blogged about my ah-ha moment, then restarted again and look at how beautiful it is! Yay! I'm excited to do another. I will have a LOFT version some day for sure, but a few other versions in between now and then.

I modified it just a bit. I have a huge head, so I cast on 104 and increased enough to do one more repeat of the leaves. I also omitted the first few stockinette rows at cast-on because...I forgot.

In sum, Eliza, thanks for a really great hat pattern! I'm hoping we'll get a little bit more rain this summer and it wasn't all spent in April when I was trying to knit this hat specifically to wear on rainy days! I suspect it will serve me well. The yarn is so fabulous that I might just wear it all summer in the heat and humidity to feel the softness on my head. :)

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7 comments:

  1. The hat looks lovely! The yarn sounds super soft (baby cashmere merino! silk?!? LOVE!) and I love the design. The colors are perfect for spring but I probably would've picked two colors with more contrast to make the pattern stand out more.
    I'll add this pattern to my queue :)

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    1. Thank you! It is divine! Next hat, I'll pick more contrasting colors. They changed between the store and home. :)

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  2. I think it is more of a "Yeah, you know this hat is awesome, I know you wish you had one too" expression. Also, I am SO jealous that you can pull off a lip piercing, I wish! I still really love the colors you used for this project, the design is visible but not overwhelming. You are so talented!

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    1. Haha, sounds about right. :) I've had my lip pierced for so long I forget about it. It might be time to let them grow in...maybe, maybe not. The pictures make the colors look a touch more similar than they actually are, but I like the effect too. Thanks (you are too)!

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  3. It's so beautiful. I love the leaf motif. Very cute on you!

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  4. hooray! it turned out beautiful! i'm glad you had an aha moment for stranded colorwork! i find stranded colorwork so addictive...

    it's funny you mention the low contrast, because i actually started the original hat with a paler green, and when i couldn't tell the two colors apart except in broad daylight, i dove back into the stash for a slightly darker green. i've been meaning to make one in autumn-y colors.... or maybe rework the pattern a make them flowers instead so i can use more colors without feeling weird?

    ps- i really like your lip piercings, too!

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