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Archive for February 11th, 2009

Corie’s Handspun Hat

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Cori (Corie?) is a new knitter, I think she started with me in November or so. She learned the basics with my “corihatnoblock25.jpgstudy hall” where I have somewhere from 1-3 knitters, a semi-private lesson, at Rae’s shop.

She made a simple hat and then another hat, and then took my bulky cable scarf class. So she is already into cables, early in her knitting career.

I thought for sure I had shown you this photo but I can’t find it anywhere (this is becoming common, I see). She went to the farmer’s market and bought some handspun yarn she loved, and signed up for my Topper-Down hat class. This hat pattern allows you to adjust to the gauge you are experiencing, if it is not the gauge I specify.

She finished this hat in the two weeks of the class, and this photo was before she blocked it. It fits just right. She found out after blocking it, though, that the yarn was too scratchy for her forehead.

So our plan now is to knit a thin soft lining for the bottom four inches (10cm) or so, so that her forehead will be touching alpaca or angora or super soft merino on the inside of the hat, and so that the lovely texture of the handspun will show on the outside.

I got this idea from the Equilateral Hat (by Lucy Neatby) which I knit a few years back (see photo at right). It specifies Noro Kureyon yarn for the pretty colored exterior. Then you pick up stitches on the edge and knit a soft lining.

The lining I used was a DK-weight silk/alpaca blend by Debbie Bliss, pure heaven. Here’s a photo of it… of course you can not see the inside of the hat here, but it lines the whole part where you see triangles wrapping around the part where you might wear a headband over your ears.

Only the top hexagon is not lined. Lovely design! Anything by Lucy Neatby is a good bet, I’d say.

I will take photos after Cori’s hat lining has been completed. She says the hat has already blocked out nicely and I expect it will be a really warm hat for Michigan when it’s complete!