Another one skein project. It did take longer than the weekend, but there is a reason for that. The pattern and yarn combo would be a perfect weekend project if it all went smoothly.
Yarn: Rowan colourscape chunky.
This is like a much nicer Noro with long colour changes and interesting colours. The yarn and finished fabric is softer than I expected, it is a 100% lambswool but not too itchy. It does have some bits of vegetation but they pick out ok, annoying but not the end of the world. I am not the biggest fan of singles in general as they do break if you pull too hard, especially when it comes to sewing ends in. I had the same problem here, maybe I just need to be nicer to my yarn!
I picked the pattern Capucine by Adela Illichmanova on 5mm needles.
This version was too small (you see where the Goldilocks thing is going?). I thought about just making it small and using it as a present for a child, but I wanted the hat for me. So I frogged it.
Since I wanted to use up all the yarn I had I figured working from the top down might be the way forward. Top down hats are super for this, you just go until the yarn runs out and call it done, much like toe up socks.
Anyway. I used the pattern Ponytail Pi hat by Katherine Lane Hughes to start the hat. This pattern makes a cross shape on the crown by increasing in four lots of two. I would use the method again for top down hats as you don't end up with the pointy nipple bit lots of top down hat patterns get.
I knitted away until I reached the stitch count I thought would match the size needed. It didn't. This hat was too big!
I tried putting smaller dpns in the hold the stitches so I could rip back. Apparently I have some kind of mental problem where I can't pick up a straight line of stitches as the needles ended up all over the place.
Instead I was brave, pulled the needles out and just ripped until was near the right place. For the final round I pulled the stitches out one at a time, picking them up with a dpn as I went.
The wool yarn made this quite easy, the stitches held well even without the needles in. I wouldn't put it down and wander off mid frog but they didn't drop out when they shouldn't. Eventually the right round was back on the needles.
A few knit rounds, followed by a garter stitch band worked flat. Increases at the edges made the shape and a wide ribbed section finished off the capucine style.
Three giant tassels finished off the hat. This was a great way to use up all the yarn left in the skein.
This hat is just right!