The weather is conspiring against me. I have finally finished the flapper hats and it is 75 degrees and sunny! I am not complaining, not a bit – it is so beautiful outside it kills me to have to be inside waiting for the plumber to show. Hopefully he will come soon and then we can head to the park.
Back to the hats! I love, love, love how they turned out. Not only am I thrilled with the results, I really enjoyed knitting them, too. They were easy, fast and inexpensive (!). Sarah’s pattern is extremely well written and easy to follow. The provisional cast on almost scared me away, but because Sarah was kind enough to include video links in her post, after I watched how it was done, I knew that this was a project for me.
That provisional cast on is easy! You use a length of waste yarn that you later take out to free up your original stitches. Then you knit the facing back into the body of the hat – no tedious sewing required. How cool is that? No seams, either, because it is knit in the round. Yippee!
For Kate’s (the pink one), I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (yes, again!). I really like the softness of this yarn. Unfortunately, one skein ($8 at my local yarn store) is approximately 90 or so yards so I had to buy a second ball.
Jane’s (the orange one) is knit out of Rowan Cashsoft DK that I bought at Purl in NYC. It is a similar weight to the Cashmerino Aran, but the yardage was closer to 150. At $8.50, it was a better deal.
Do you see that wonky blanket stitch? I know that it is not my strong suit so I probably should have practiced before I attached the flowers. Oh well. It gives them character, right?