Friday, October 31, 2008

My new hat and jacket

My son gave me a pretty red polarfleece jacket that I quickly embroidered a fuzzy dog on. I started wearing it this week when it turned cold and I had to walk the dog twice a day. I decided I had to have a hat to match it because it REALLY turned cold.

Since the Spiral Hat pattern Marg Coe put in the Knittingmachine group files, is my most favorite of all time hats, I decided that was the hat I wanted to make but I didn't want to buy any more yarn. I dug out some Red Heart self patterning yarn from my stash and it has red in it so I started the hat on my LK 150 machine. YUK, about halfway through I wondered if I was going to like it but you can't tell with this hat until its sewed together. Variegated yarn definitely is the way to go with that pattern, I already knew that but who in the world would have thought it would turn out as great as it did? I didn't really know until it was sewn what in the world I was going to end up with but I absolutely love it. Check it out when I fold up the cuff. The cuff has little spikes where the increases were which I dearly love about this hat.
BTW, Marg calls it a Garter Bar Project but I couldn't find my GB for the mid gauge machine so I just *took it off on 3 rows of waste, rehung the pattern stitches and quickly zipped the waste off, repeated from * It took me 1 day to knit, no swatch necessary. Because the yarn is thicker than the other hats I've made with this pattern, I only knitted until there were 9 plain sections instead of 12 as suggested in the pattern. Then I hoped it would fit. It did!

Teddy is modeling the jacket with the hat, you really can't see the difference between red and pink in this yarnunless you click on the picture to enlarge it, there's a pretty red in there as well as a denim heather.

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