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I want to make Annie Modesitt's Spectator Grand hat (click link and scroll down down down) for my mom. She's undergone (several) laser surgerys to her eyes to repair torn/detached retinas and her eyes have been left very sensitive to the sun. She already has several pairs of sunglasses and will need to build up a collection of wide brimed hats for additional sun shielding comfort. I thought this would be a very nice special thing I could make for her as a gift, hopefully before the end of the summer (although L.A. is sunny all year round, so it could get use even in January).
Have any of you made this hat or any other wired knit hat? If so, what yarn did you use? Where did you get the millinery wire? What did you think of the pattern? Any tips?
There isn't really a yarn suggestion in the pattern, it says '100 yards of light colored yarn for the brim, 75 yards of dark colored yarn for the crown, and 50 yards of silk or rayon ribbon for trim' with a yarn guage of 5 sts and 6 rows per inch when blocked and wired/ for swatch knit in stockinette and press and pull taut in both directions. The suggested needle size is US5.
Since it's pulled taut for the swatch and the hat is knit in a lace pattern I know it's going to be a yarn that's more than 5 sts per inch normally, so maybe a dk weight? I'm thinking I'd want to use white for the brim, beige/natural for the crown and a navy or black ribbon for trim, pretty much just like in the picture.
I was thinking the yarn would have to be a linen, cotton, or hemp yarn, and to look for silk or rayon ribbon, but I'm looking for suggestions. Also, the pattern just says 9 feet of milliners wire. I know most wire comes in multiple weights, and I'd assume milliners wire is the same? If so, what guage milliners wire would you suggest for something like this? Where do I even get milliners wire? I feel a bit strange just ordering online from some random site I've never heard of, so if anyone can recommend a site they've used I'd be very appreciative.
Thanks in advance!