Monday, February 8, 2010

Shhh ... It's A Secret (Sort Of)

I highly doubt that my new brother-in-law reads my blog so I think it is safe to reveal the hat I knit for him in this post. And I suppose it would be okay if he did see it because he commissioned me to make him a hat ... but I'd like a little element of surprise when I give it to him.

I am so honored that he asked me to hand knit him something. He requested a stocking cap with ear flaps to keep his ears warm as he rides his bike in chilly temperatures, and he told me he loves the color blue. This is a time when I love being on Ravelry because there are so many patterns (often free) and great tips from other knitters to pick through. I chose a hat that had ear flaps and a simple fair isle zig zag stripe. My conclusion: not bad for being my first hat!

Raveled here

Pattern: Leef's Ear Flap Hat by Leef Bloomenstiel

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in 517 (blue), 514 (light blue) and 389 (heather gray)

Time Elapsed: roughly a week.

Modifications/Notes: I followed the pattern exactly except I cast on 96 stitches and used a size US 8 needle to make a bigger hat. I also went around the edge and ear flaps with a crochet stitch to finish it off and reinforce the flaps. I found fair isle to be quite fun to do and not nearly as difficult as I expected. I am a little concerned as to how it will fit my brother-in-law, so my fingers are crossed. I hope to have a photo or two of him wearing it that I may post at a later date.

My daughter has already put in an order for a hat for her. But hers will undoubtedly be pink in color as she said the blue and gray "just isn't my style". Now that's a girl who knows what she likes!


Lindsay said...

It's gorgeous! Nice work. :)

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

In beautiful! Very nice work... it certainly doesn't look like your first hat.

Zil said...

Outstanding! Is that Belize Blue?

Kelly said...

Thank you all! It was fun little project. And yes ... it IS Belize Blue ;)