I always like to make my awesome big sister something amazing for her Birthday in March. This year I made her a magical Vintage-Look cable knit beanie.
The pattern I used is Molly by Erin Ruth, it was a fun knit. I didn't realize how long the beanie was until I started the decreases; 11" from brim to top!? That seemed a little excessive! I ended up not including one cable increase section to make it a little bit smaller. It still turned out pretty big. Luckily my sis has lots of hair so it might turn into her "bad hair day" hat. :)
I also ended up sewing a few pick up stitches behind each large cable twist when I was done with the hat because they left little gaps in the fabric.
The yarn I used was Bernat Sheepish (70% Acrylic/30% Wool), which, as I've said before pills a lot and is tough to frog but is machine washable and nice and durable.
I got a little jealous of Jeanne's hat so I decided I needed to make myself one too!
For my Spring Cable knit hat I used the Pattern Neon Ski Bonnet by Lacy Volk. I found the Key for the pattern a little confusing because the instructions are to knit the hat band in a tube but the key gives you info for knitting it as a flat panel instead of in the round; it gives key instructions for the Right Side and Wrong Side (there is NO Wrong Side when knitting in the round!) which kind of threw me off. Once I figured out I just needed to ignore the WS instructions and keep on keeping on things were much easier.
I also had an issue picking up the stitches for the top portion of the hat from the hat band. I made the size large and the instructions called for picking up 114 stitches then reducing to 102 stitches but that makes the cable pattern uneven! Sigh! I redid my hard work and picked up 114 then reduced to 106 stitches so the cable pattern balanced and all was right with the world!
I used some trusty Cascade 220, 100% Wool for this cap and I think it will be perfect for the super duper rainy Portland March we've been having.
I think both of these hats turned out very cute and I'm very proud of them!
I have been working on lots of other fun projects and I have a few delicious recipes to share with you guys soon!
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