Sunday, March 09, 2008
I cooked up a little something over the weekend
Used the 24" cord for the actual knitting needle (not sure what was my spare size - I just grabbed a cord) and that was really tight on the 96 sts but was fine once I increased, but then when I had to decrease down it was wonky again and not enough for MLing, but I worked with it anyway because I didn't want to fiddle with transferring stitches to a longer cord.
Yarn: Malabrigo of course!!! As mentioned above this was for my Malabrigo March KAL project.
The main color is in Sealing Wax. Which is normally a deep red color, but there is no way that this is that color!
It reminds me of the Vermillon (lots of pink tones) I did on one of my neckwarmers not too long ago. I think this was either mislabeled or a very bad dye batch. More than likely the latter.
My contrasting color I used is in Velvet GrapeI debated and debated about what color to use for under the brim, and now regret that I didn't use Rich Chocolate or Vaa (that green would have been great as I may give this hat to a girlfriend who is in a sorority with pink & green...oh well!)
I must say U.Tube saved the 'cranky tired late evening' for me ;op
There was a FABULOUS Cat Bordhi Video for Magic CO that made it so easy for me to get! (a little cookey but worth sitting thru!!)
The brim was definitely the most challenging part for me in knitting this project, and of course that is the 1st thing you have to do! :oD
Having that spare needle dangling is something else (I had to put my buttons on it), but really luv the fact you will eventually just knit straight from the spare needle without having to pick stitches back up. That made it all worth it!! Y'all already know how I feel about picking up stitches! LOL
TIP: You must CO with the CC color FIRST and then on round 5 right before the purl hem row, you can switch to the MC. I actually did it on round 4 but recommend doing it on the 5th one instead. Or if you want your CC color to show on the brim you can begin with the MC after the hemline row.
Once you successfully get over the brim it is all downhill from there!
I wish I could also say I learned how to double knit...but not yet! It "appears" to be double knitting but it really isn't. Double knitting is when you work both sides at the same time creating the reversible look.
This was basically doing a hem line edge
Gotta know where the back is on my buckethead! :o)
Modifications: Not much, but the obvious in that I used a contrasting yarn. Other than that I followed the pattern.
Verdict: I would like to do this in the color I originally envisioned it in.
I really wanted the hat in a deep red and purple.
I even bought the identical button from the pattern to go with it!but will hold off on it until I get the colors I really want for this project.