Thanks to the magical world of Pinterest, I came across a very-gorgeous-indeed lacy slouch hat.
|Image courtesy of: Linda Permann via Ravelry|
Smitten, enamored, gaga, call it what you will, this hat stuck with me for a month or two despite our summer of Hades. I'm talking 100+ degree days here with no AC. That's some hat. So when I narrowed the next charity project down to scarves, pins, earrings and hats I zoomed right back to Pinterest which took me to Ravelry and a few clicks later this pattern was m i n e!
Did I happy dance? Of course. Wouldn't you?
I jumped right into the gauge. I only had fingering weight yarn, so I gave it a whirl (and a yarn over or two) on my hook. After a tedious hour or so (yeah...) I realized that I needed to buy new yarn.
Naturally, I didn't waste any time.
|Lace Weight Yarn, fresh from KnitPicks|
The next day I was back at it! Once I got the gauge correct and
The approach is fairly nontraditional (in my experience) for a hat, in that it's worked from the brim toward the top. You know... you work bottom up rather than top down. Uh, I don't know how else to explain this.... you decrease your stitches to shape the tube into a hat rather than increasing your stitches to shape your sphere into a dome. Wow, that sounded more complex the my original statement. How 'bout I just say this: it's great. You'll love it.
How about a sunshiney yellow hat? Yes? Sold! This pattern calls for 1 hank/skein per hat, which leaves me feeling a little queasy with recklessness. Seriously: what if I run out of yarn!?? I ordered this online, I can't, I just *can't* reorder it! And yet I must continue on, and constantly check my little purple ball of yarn to be sure it's not unraveling into a hat too quickly.
How about a gorgeous, grassy green? A neutral tan (officially called "Oregon Coast", which is such a delightfully nonsensical name for a color)? Yes to all? Perfect. :)
I've been eyeing real yarn bowls on Etsy, but then what would I do with my collection of Pyrex?
I am in lilac, lace weight, merino-and-silk blend, puff stitch LOVE!
To Summarize: I'm incredibly antsy to show you the finished hat, but that's a ways off. These things take time, you understand. At some point it'll be ready for display, and after that its 3 siblings (Sunshine, Grass and Oregon). You'll just have to follow along. :)
Have a Lovely Day!