It seems that knitting a hat for myself is something I do every other year. I knit them and it seems fine until I try them on. I think I look awful in all hats. I put the hats away and wear my hooded jackets more.
I was looking through my yarn collection the other day and found a half knit hat. I know that this moved with me half knitted so it is at least 5 yrs old. I vaguely recalled that it was a felted hat pattern but apparently 5 yrs ago I was an idiot and didn’t keep the pattern with the knitting. I couldn’t remember where the original pattern had come from so I went to ravelry, entered the yarn (I still had the ball bands) because I knew I was using the exact yarn that the pattern called. I remembered that it had been a pain to find as it was being discontinued at the time. It took me about 3 minutes to find the pattern. How lucky am I? If ravelry did not exist I would have had no chance of finding the pattern after so much time. I LOVE ravelry.
The pattern is the Classic Cloche from Knit One, Felt Too. I had to go to the library to pick up a copy of Knit One, Felt Too (the 2 copies in the knitting section were out but lucky for me they had a copy in the Young Adult section) but after that it was really quick knitting.
The before picture:
After the first 2 trips through the washer on the hot cycle I thought the brim was too big and floppy. In my previous felting experience I have found felt to be moderately stretchable when wet so I sent it through again. It came out of the third washing a touch too small for my head. After a little digging I found in the recycling pile (on my kitchen table) a plastic bottle that was almost the exact size of the hat. I took a towel and folded it a couple times and put it over the bottle to make it bigger and then crammed the hat on it to dry.
You may notice a “slight” halo.
I deemed it necessary to trim off the extra fuzz.
Pattern – Classic Cloche by Kathleen Taylor
Yarn – Brown Sheep Prairie Silk (72% wool, 18% mohair, 10% silk) I used not quite one ball of the light blue and two balls of the dark blue
Needles – US size 11
Modifications – The pattern calls for three colors but I only used two.
I actually did the colored part using my left hand for one color and my right for the other. It was great because I knew I was felting it so uneven stitches were no big deal. I think it was the perfect warm up for the fair isle type sweater I want to knit soon.
I have worn the hat twice now and I think I may actually have an acceptable hat. The only problem is it doesn’t fit very well over a pony tail. Oh well, there is always next time.