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Rafa’s Hat Pattern Review and FO

January 18, 2018
Pattern Review and FO : Rafa's Hat

Hello again. We’re halfway through the month of January. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? I’m making scary progress on some of mine, but it’s still too soon to talk about. Even though it’s the new year, I’m still working on showing you some of last year’s last minute FOs. Even though I thought that I had escaped the pressures of holiday knitting, I still squeeze in a few knitted gifts. Luckily, I had the good sense to limit myself to hats. Rafa’s Hat was one of these gifts. 

The Pattern

Pattern Review and FO : Rafa's Hat

Rafa’s Hat is a unisex ribbed beanie by Joji Locatelli. It’s meant to be a generic male hat pattern, for guys with “very little requirements”. This makes it a great gift hat. Rather than being a simple watchman’s cap (like the morning walk hat I did for The Hubs last year), Rafa’s Hat breaks up the ribbing with a purl ridge. It can be worn slouchy or folded, making it a fairly versatile pattern.

Rafa’s Hat is an easy pattern to follow. It’s only 2 pages long, and that’s being generous with the spacing. There’s not a lot of fancy technique, but it still results is an attractive hat. Rafa’s Hat is 1×1 ribbing throughout, but breaks the ribbing into several sections. This kept the project from feeling too tedious.

Those of you who know me will know that I hate 1×1 ribbing. I just can’t seem to find my rhythm. Plus it makes my hands sore about ten times faster than stockinette. Still, I endured for Rafa’s Hat because it is a really accessible pattern. The finished product is polished and reads well to the non-knitter (muggles). 

The Yarn

Pattern Review and FO : Rafa's Hat

The pattern calls for 1 skein of Lush Worsted by The Uncommon Thread. I used one skein of Malabrigo Rios. I love Malabrigo in all of it’s forms and Rios was great for this project. It has great stitch definition to make all that ribbing pop. True to Malabrigo form, it’s extremely soft too! When I gifted the hat to it’s recipient, he could not believe how soft and warm it was. It was one of the coldest days of the season and he said his head was still toasty warm!

The tonal color of the Malabrigo Rios was great for this pattern too. The color wasn’t varied enough to be distracting, just enough to add some suble depth. Oddly enough, it’s very similar to the color of my morning walk hat, which was 2 different yarns held together! Malabrigo Rios was great to work with and looked beautiful. I would use it again in a heartbeat.

What have you finished recently? I’ve got some exciting new knits on the needles, including a Weekender Sweater! I’ve also been dipping my toes into some sewing projects. I’ll be sure to let you know about those if they go well!

 

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Newt Scamander’s Hogwarts House Scarf

October 6, 2017
Newt Scamander Hogwarts House Scarf

Oh my goodness. It’s been a week. First there was the terrible news out of Las Vegas. Then we heard that Tom Petty had passed. Then we heard that Tom Petty maybe was still alive. The Hubs tells me that this is because you can stand him up at the gates of Hell, but he won’t back down. But then Tuesday his death was confirmed. Now The Hubs has a 102 degree fever, possibly because he is mourning Tom Petty. On top of all that, work has been crazy and I’m pretty worn out.

One of the things keeping me chugging along is thinking about Halloween. Yes. I am that white girl. Except that I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes, but I like chai lattes, so that’s probably just as bad. The Hubs and I decided our Halloween costumes last December, but I’m only just started working on them. We are going to be Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Not only do these costumes fulfill requirement of “pick a costume with shoes you’d wear again”, but it includes some knitting!

Newt Scamander Hogwarts House Scarf

A long time ago, I knit a Hogwarts House Scarf in Ravenclaw colors. Not long after that, Pottermore happened, and I was sorted into…Slytherin.  Yes, this still upsets me because 1. Snakes. 2. Dungeons and 3. Not a single Slytherin defended Hogwarts in the Battle of Hogwarts? Not a single one? I call BS. Anyways, like a true Slytherin would do, I created a new profile and got sorted into Ravenclaw.

Newt Scamander Hogwarts House Scarf

This was before I knew that you should trim your tassels to the same length.

A short time after that, I moved to Texas and wore my Ravenclaw scarf, to which someone said, “Nice scarf. Dallas Cowboys colors.” Ugh. Nope. So despite my previous Hogwarts House Scarf failures, I was willing to attempt another for Newt Scamander.

Newt Scamander Hogwarts House Scarf

The Pattern

Newt Scamander’s Hogwarts House Scarf is a little different from the ones in the original series. Firstly, the color has more of a vintage feel to it. It’s the 1920’s after all! I actually  like the vintage style colors better than the originals. I think it makes it look more refined. I’ve gotten a lot of comments from people who didn’t recognize it as a Hufflepuff scarf, but still really liked the colors. 

Newt Scamander Hogwarts House Scarf

Newt’s scarf also differs from the original Hogwarts House Scarf in that it’s stripes are not exactly even. The yellow stripes are just a wee bit shorter than the gray. Karen Stewart Longest did a great write up on the exact number of rows of each color here. The original scarf has 11 yellow stripes, but that came up looking really short on The Hubs (who is about 2 inches taller than Eddie Redmayne). It’s actually a pretty short scarf, since it’s not meant to be worn looped.  I knit 13 yellow stripes instead of 11. I found that looked much better on The Hubs that way.

The construction of Newt’s scarf is exactly the same as the original Hogwart’s House Scarf in that it’s basically a flattened tube with tassels. Nothing really new or challenging here. I didn’t even bother making my stripes jogless. I just folded the tube along the edge where the new color starts and it’s not noticeable.

The Yarn

I used Lion Brand Heartland for this yarn because the colors were right and it was cheap. This yarn is the wooorst. Okay, it’s not as bad as full on Red Heart, but it’s pretty bad. It’s actually fairly soft, but that’s part of the problem, because Lion Brand Heartland is hands down the slipperiest yarn I’ve ever used. And I’ve knit with silk!

Seriously, this yarn would not stay wound in a ball and it made my life miserable. It tangled at any opportunity and just felt loose and slack no matter how I wound it. I was never really attracted to Heartland in the first place, but I will certainly avoid it from now on. It just goes to show that you get what you pay for with yarn.

I don’t have all the the other pieces of the costume put together yet, so if I’m dying later in the month, that’s why. I’m hoping to put together a pretty epic trunk or treat with it all, so I’ll keep you posted. What are your Halloween costume plans? Are you knitting anything for a costume?

 

 

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Morning Walk Hat : Pattern Review and FO

February 23, 2017
Patter Review: Morning Walk Hat

I am excited to show you another finished knit: The Morning Walk Hat by Ann Patterson knit in Woolfolk’s TYND and SNO. This hat and yarn have a special place in my heart because The Hubs and I picked out this yarn when we were on our honeymoon in Austin.  The Hubs put it in his vows that he would find new yarn stores for me to visit and he delivered!

Patter Review: Morning Walk Hat

How could I resist that face?

I’ve wanted to go to Hill Country Weavers in Austen since I moved to Texas. This is mainly because they are the only yarn store in Texas to stock Brooklyn Tweed yarns. Oh my is their stock beautiful! I believe I circled the store about 5 or 6 times, cooing at the yarn and debating what to buy. The Hubs was the one who found the Woolfolk yarn. (He has good taste in women and in yarn.) He like the marled effect on the SNO yarn, and REALLY liked the softness. The Hubs asked if I could make him something with it. How could I say no?

The Pattern: Morning Walk Hat by Ann Patterson

At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do with Woolfolk SNO. Then I saw the Morning Walk Hat on Woolfolk’s Instagram and it was perfect! When I showed it to The Hubs, he confirmed, “Yes, I want one of those.” Thus began my first knit of the new year.

The Morning Walk Hat is a ribbed beanie with a foldable brim knit by holding together one strand of Woolfolk TYND and Woolfolk SNO.
Pattern Review: Morning Walk Hat
I cast on for this project while waiting in the DPS to change my last name (a joyful place if there ever was one). I didn’t cast on using smaller needles the way the pattern instructed because 1. There weren’t any in my knitting bag and 2. I sure as heck was not going to wait for 2 1/2 hours at the DPS without something to knit. I used a tubular cast on like a freaking professional, so the hat has a nice stretchy brim.

A lot this hat was knit during our yearly pilgrimage to Tulsa for what The Hubs refers to as “family Christmas.”(This is when his side of the family gathers around New Years to exchange all the gifts they got for each other when the Christmas stuff went on clearance.) I got a good chunk of road trip knitting done on this hat, but I also came to an important realization.

1×1 ribbing is hard on your hands!

This hat is literally all 1×1 ribbing. That’s all there is to it. It’s great for mindless road knitting, but the constant back and forth between knit and purl really made my hands sore. My knitting fingers must be out of shape, because I had to take a lot of breaks. Overall, it’s a simple pattern and it creates a classic, timeless finished product. The Morning Walk Hat is also totally unisex, which means I can steal it from The Hubs!

Pattern Review: Morning Walk Hat

Hat: Stolen

The Yarn: Woolfolk TYND and SNO:

This hat is knit with one strand of TYND, a solid yarn, and one strand of SNO, which is marled, held together. I expect you could get pretty adventurous with your color combos here, but I played it pretty safe. Plus, I’m a sucker for burgundy.

The most noticeable thing about these yarns is how soft they are. As mentioned, I walked around a yarn store and pet all the yarn before buying these and I can confirm. They really are some of the softest yarns out there. That being said, they were a pleasure to knit with. The finished fabric has a lovely little halo to it. However, I wonder if it might have problems with pilling as the hat gets more use. The jury is still out on the durability because it’s currently 75 degrees in the middle of winter here in Texas. Maybe next week…

I still have one unused skein of Woolfolk SNO that I bought before I knew what I was making. I would love to try this yarn in another application, but haven’t seen a pattern that looks worthy yet. I’m thinking a nice cowl or scarf so I can keep that soft squishyness close to my neck. No matter the project, I would wholeheartedly recommend this yarn. I think both TYND and SNO are beautiful and luxuriously soft.

Pattern Review: Morning Walk Hat