Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Red, White and Blue!

In about 72 hours, the Vancouver Olympics will be officially underway. And I now have the perfect hat to show my support for Team USA during the Games.

I was inspired by hats like this and this that I saw on a TV stand-up done atop the Green Monster during the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway on New Year’s Day. I actually thought that the orange/Flyers Colored (gag) hat in the second link was Red/White/Blue on first look. Once I realized it was in Flyers colors (gag) and specifically a Winter Classic hat, I gave up and found a different pattern.

Once I saw Tiennie’s Norwegian Star Very Warm Hat I (Ravelry link), I knew precisely what I wanted to do with the Berroco Pure Merino that I got on clearance at Bloomin Yarns.

Meet my Hybrid Hat

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Once again, Derf is a fantastic knitwear model!

I called it a Hybrid because it’s a 50/50 combo between Tiennie’s Norwegian Star Earflap hat and Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Very Warm Hat.

HybridRed.jpg

Three cheers for self-photography!

When I knit this again … and I will knit it again. I’ve already procured another hat’s worth of Pure Merino because that yarn is really awesome … I’m going to make a few modifications, but I’m still very happy with the original.

HybridDerfBlue.jpg


Oh yeah! It’s reversible! It’s also a little too tall and flares a bit at the bottom, which I’m not thrilled about. I started the hat with Judy’s Magic Cast-On, then knit in each direction from there. Sadly, when I was about an inch into the hat, I realized that I had inadvertently done JMCO in ecru, not the white I had intended. I wound up un-picking the JMCO and doing a knit a row-purl a row-knit a row turn in white before starting with the navy side of the hat. I should have skipped the second knit row (or used the correct yarn to cast on), as I think that mistake contributes to the slight bell-shape of the hat.

But all in all? I’m really happy with it and it’s very warm. Win!

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Hybrid Hat

Pattern: Combo of the Norwegian Star Earflap Hat by Tiennie
and Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Very Warm Hat
Yarn: Berrocco Pure Merino
Colors: Peacoat, Simply Red, Snow Bunny
Yardage: 1.5 skeins (184 yards) each of the Red and Navy.
About ¾ of the skein (60-ish yards) of white
Needles: US 8/5.0mm 16” KA bamboo needles
Started: 28 January 2010
Finished: 31 January 2010
Mods: I tried to use JMCO to start the hats, and that would have worked great. I’ll do it in the correct color when I knit this hat again!

BTW: This is my 500th post. Thanks for reading!

6 comments:

Bezzie said...

Oh so jealous of your even floats and tension!

turtlegirl76 said...

It's double knit, right? So no floats. It looks fantastic! I bet it was really fun to knit.

And happy 500!

Jen said...

Great hat, and love that it's reversible. Very clever!

SJ said...

Oooh, love it! I actually really like the little flare around the brim. I thought it was intentional -- just a style feature.

Congrats on reaching 500 posts! (How do you figure out how many posts you've had, by the way? Is there an easy way to do it, or do you just have to go back and count?)

MollyBeees said...

AWESOME!!

Zonda said...

Happy 500th! Great looking hat! I love that it's reversible too.