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Archive for April 9th, 2009

A New Class

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

I am quite taken by the amazing hats knit in the Andes Mountains, by Quechua (descendants of the Incas) men. I have 5 of these hats, and one is knit at an astounding 20 stitches per inch. They knit on wire. Wowie! (See photo of one Andean hat here, and another amazing hat here.)

andeanhatsansflaps25.jpgMost of my students would not attempt a hat on the order of the originals. Perhaps a handful would go for 10 stitches an inch on fingering weight. I wanted to do something that would honor the motifs and shape of the better hats, yet in a larger yarn.

This is the result so far. It still needs the optional ear flaps to be knit, but I love it. I was not sure how I could take those tiny elements and interpret them so much larger, but it worked. This is on worsted-weight yarn (Noro Cashmere Island and Southwest Trading Karaoke), at something like 5 stitches per inch (I have not measured my gauge after blocking yet).

On Tuesday, April 14, I will be running a one-night introduction to this hat design, at Rae’s Yarn Boutique in Lansing, Michigan. It was a way to give people the inspiration to do a small two-color knit project. I hope some of you may want to come along to class?

Yes, it will be a pattern someday. For now, I am starting with the class.

(Edited to add: The yarns used are Karaoke solid for the Turquoise, and Noro Cashmere Island for the dark/multi.)