Thursday, July 24, 2008

Just Another Hat & Scarf

A couple of weeks ago I posted about a winter scarf I had started using my FF Heavy Worsted Merino Yarn. I've finished that now and also made a matching hat. As promised, I've got the pattern done and available as a free download in my Ravelry Pattern Shop.

The photos are pretty terrible and hardly show the lovely stitch pattern, but they'll have to do:

The stitch pattern is reversible, so the scarf is the same from front or back. I love the heavy textured look of the stitch, which rather resembles crochet (at least to my untrained-in-crochet eye).

After messing around with the hat design a bit, I decided to knit it on straight needles. With so much texture and complexity in the stitch detail, the seam is barely noticeable and knitting it on straight needles avoids having to do tons of P2TOG's which would be necessary if knit in the round. I have nothing against P2TOG's, but in this heavy yarn and knittng in the round on a 16" circular (which for me always feels a little tight and uncomfortable for the first couple of inches) it seemed too much effort for little gain. I like the hat just fine as it turned out.

Here's a closeup of the stitch detail that gives a better sense of it:

(The true color of the yarn is somewhere between how the photos turned out: not so dark or reddish as the first two photos and not so light and orange as the closeup.)
All in all, I'm pleased with how this turned out. It was a quick knit, with a comfortable rhythm and lots of bang for the buck in terms of visual complexity with minimal effort.

Hope everyone is having a great week and finding some time for knitting!

1 comment:

Joan said...

Thank you for the lovely pattern. Looks like I'll be starting my Christmas knitting in August!