Good morning, everyone. First order of business – there was an error in the pattern for the Nottingham hat that has been corrected. If you’ve downloaded a copy of the pattern before today, please go download the new one for a more fun time when you’re trying to work the cable.
In other news, several hundred miles north of Texas it apparently gets quite cold in late November. Ha ha. I believe it was in the 60s when I was checking the weather there before our trip – I packed a few warm things I had made, more as an opportunity to wear them than because I thought I would need them. After our trip to Colorado, of course, I knew it would be chilly and made sure that all of us had long sleeves, long pants, and jackets. I really should have thought of gloves. And hats. And scarves. Oh, yes. Fortunately, I brought yarn and implements with me (of course) and was able to make myself a hat when the temperature dropped below freezing.
It’s a hybrid, a combination of knitting and crochet worked from the top down. I think it turned out pretty well, using up one skein of Bernat Felting that I picked up in a pretty color (the color is more accurate in the second photo). Since it’s intended for felting (loosely spun single ply bulky wool), I worked it more tightly than I would have a sturdier yarn. It’s nice! It’s fast!
I took notes.
- 1 ball Bernat Felting Natural Wool [100% wool, 77m/84yds per 75g/2.6oz skein]
- J/10 (6.00mm) hook
- 1 set of 5 US #8/5.00mm double-point needles
(US pattern conventions used)
Rnd 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: [Hdc inc] around. (16 hdc)
Rnd 3: [Hdc, hdc inc] around. (24 hdc)
Rnd 4: [Hdc 2, hdc inc] around. (32 hdc)
Rnd 5: [Hdc 3, hdc inc] around. (40 hdc)
Rnd 6: [Hdc 4, hdc inc] around. (48 hdc)
Rnd 7: [Hdc 5, hdc inc] around. (56 hdc)
Rnd 8: [Hdc 6, hdc inc] around. (64 hdc)
Place live loop on needle, pick up 1 loop from each stitch around, distributing as follows across 4 needles: 17, 16, 16, 16 (65 sts)
Rnd 1: (All stitches in this round should be worked through the back loop.) Knit across needles 1 and 2. K1, m1, then knit remaining sts on needle 3, k across needle 4. (66 sts)
Rnd 2: [k2, p1] around.
Rnd 3: [k2, purl into the front and back of the stitch to increase] around. (88 sts)
Rnd 4 – end: [k2, p2] around.
Work ribbing until about 4 yds remain, or desired length is reached. Bind off in rib for a neater edge, weave in ends. I blocked my hat lengthwise only to get a little more length. Apparently if you block ribbing horizontally it loses its ‘ribbiness’ and doesn’t hug as well. Made for my own adult sized head.
So there’s one thing I did on my Thanksgiving vacation. It’s December now! Ack! What will I do for Christmas?