Hat from the "Red Hat, Scarf, and Bag" set from Better Homes & Gardens' Knitting Year-Round
Cascade 220, just less than 1 hank (including tassel), double-stranded. Ball bands long gone (yarn was left over from a friend's sweater), so I have no earthly idea what number the color is. Trust me, it's gorgeous.Needles:
Denise Interchangeables, size US10. Time Span:
It took about a week of very unfocused knitting. Maybe 8 or 9 knitting hours, overall. It needed about 4 days to dry after blocking, though. Notes, Musings, Stuff From My Head:
This is the first pattern I have ever followed to the letter (aside from subbing Cascade for the recommended Paton's Classic, but worsted 4-ply is worsted 4-ply, right?), and I'm mostly pleased with the results. I had to block the snot out of it, though--despite being spot-on with my gauge, it was far too tight for my liking. I blocked it using a piggy bank and plastic bags. :-)
It's knit sideways, similar to Knitty's Coronet
, but the crown is accomplished with short-row shaping, rather than being picked up and knit. It results in a small point at the top, which I found utterly charming and screaming for a tassel. So I obliged.
All cabling was performed without a cable needle
, which speeds things along considerably. For anyone thinking of knitting this pattern, I would warn against using a fragile yarn. Most of the cables are 7 stitches wide, and with the relatively dense gauge (16 sts/20 rows per 4" with doubled worsted wool), I really had to wrestle and yank to get the cables to lie down and behave without creating huge gaps.
As it is knit sideways, it is finished with a seam. I am not comfortable enough in my craptastic kitchener skills to seamlessly finish a knit/purl pattern, so I simply fake-grafted the back. It does not look seamless. I am not bothered by this. But for someone who would find that annoying, I would suggest using a provisional cast-on and properly grafting it closed.
Finally, I found that charting out each cable panel separately helped ENORMOUSLY in keeping track of things. The wide cable, the narrow cable, and the short-row crown all had different repeat lengths. ( Collapse )