August 12, 2008

Mr. Pointy: the hat of many faces!

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ohmygosh it’s a new knitting pattern! woo hoo! i have been working on this pattern, on and off, since april! upon finishing my first version, it wasn’t at all what i had imagined/planned, so i was kind of disappointed and put it aside… but once i adjusted to what it had become, i grew to love it! so i made another, testing out the pattern, in cotton this time for summer. and when that one was finally done about a week and a half ago (started it in june and had to keep putting it down to complete other more time-sensitive projects) i decided a couple pattern elements needed to be retested and i knit another! luckily i got the third one done in about a week, blocked it over the weekend, and stayed up late into the night last night completing the 6 page pdf!!

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ok enough back story, on to the hat! it’s not my usual, i’m branching out from the whole short-rows, knit-flat thing, back to my knit-round hat roots. this is a crazy asymmetrical design, with a different number of stitches between each point, giving you a variety of positioning options when wearing it. increases and decreases form a wavy pattern in the stripes and points along the edge; and yes, mr. pointy is a buffy reference!

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here’s all the essential info, copied straight from the pdf:

Size: adult. (fits my 22inch head well, but the hat gets blocked, so it will block to fit slightly smaller or larger adult heads)

Yarn: about 90 yards of any yarn ranging worsted to bulky.

yarns I used:
3-color blues hat – Uruguay Chunky by Queensland Collection (merino/alpaca/silk blend, bulky weight)
2-color blue + brown – Nature Cotton by Araucania (thick + thin cotton, worsted weight)
blendy blue + purples – my own hand-dyed recycled (alpaca/acrylic blend, worsted weight)

Needles: size US 9 16″ circular, a set of size 9 double pointed, and a crochet hook size appropriate for your yarn.

You also need 10 stitch markers total – 5 of one type/color and 5 of another type/color. And a balloon for blocking.

Gauge: 4 sts/inch after blocking. (again, the hat gets stretched and blocked to fit, so exact gauge isn’t super important, as long as it’s close.)

Skills Needed: just basic knitting with increases and decreases, in the round on circulars and dpn’s; basic crochet – single crochet stitch with increases and decreases.

the pdf itself is 6 pages full of high-quality color photos, with the actual pattern contained on one page so you don’t need to print all 6 pages. i think/hope i explained all the elements of the making of the hat in enough detail, but you can always come to me with any questions you might have.

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and, this glorious pdf is for sale for only $3! you can buy it right here, right now, by clicking this link. or, through ravelry by going to the pattern page. or through my patterns+yarn page. i’m sorry i can’t make it free, it took me way too freakin long, and i’m doing this for a living now. so i’ll super appreciate every single copy that sells!!

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