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Radio Frequency Hat

June 21, 2011

My son, Nick, modeling the hat

More Christmas knitting FOs!  This one is a hat for one of my nephews.  I really love this hat.  It’s Mandy Power’s pattern, “Radio Frequency Hat”.  I thought it was masculine enough for a guy.  It’s supposed to have a pom pom on top but I can’t decide if my nephew would like that or if that’s too “girly”.  Hmmm . . .

I knitted this up in Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light, a DK weight yarn.  I love this stuff. So warm and soft.  The hat pattern did not include a lining, but after I knitted the hat and blocked it, the edge of the hat curled so badly I couldn’t believe it.  Even though it had a braided edge, it curled just like pure stockinette.  So I was thinking about adding a lining anyway, because it adds so much to the hat and when I did, it solved the curling problem.  I just picked up stitches all around and knitted the lining, making the decreases just by eyeballing it.

I just picked up stitches all around to do the lining

I knitted this hat with a long circular needle, using a Magic Loop type method, instead of a short needle.  I really don’t like doing that with a hat and having the knitting so tight on the needles and then having to switch to dpns to do the decreases.  If you do a hat using Magic Loop, you can actually try the hat on and see better how the size is going.

Pattern:  Radio Frequency Hat
Yarn:  Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light in Black and Moonshadow
Needles:  Circular US#5, 40″
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Tosh DK

June 7, 2011

Oh, lookie what came in the mail from Jimmy Beans!  My heart leaps when I get a package from that place.  Madelintosh DK in a beautiful green, Moorland.   I have so wanted to knit with this yarn.  It’s a superwash merino wool and everyone raves about it. I’m planning on making Julie’s Stockholm Scarf as soon as I get most of my Christmas knitting out of the way.  I can’t wait to get it on the needles!

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Pink Flocked Mittens

June 2, 2011

I’m continuing on with my Christmas knitting, and I’m not slowing down for summer!  I’ve just finished these lovely things – lined mittens for one of my sisters-in-law.  These are Adrian Bizilia’s “Flocked Mittens” and they are a lot of fun to knit.

I lined them with super thick Brushed Suri in a cotton candy pink color – they make the mitten so warm.  I knitted these using Magic Loop and because the pattern calls for a worsted weight, they knit up fairly quickly.  A welcome change after knitting with so much fingering weight yarn for a while there.

The pattern calls for a braided edge, which I love, but in the pattern it was done in one color.  I changed it to two colors, which I think is more striking.  If you do that, be sure to make the previous row a k1 MC, k1 CC instead of just one color, so the first row of the braided edge is correct.

They also have a picot edge which is a nice detail.

These mittens should be knit in a light color and a dark color, for strong contrast.  If you don’t the pattern isn’t going to show up well.

Pattern:  Flocked Mittens
Needles: US #4 , circular, Addi Lace
Yarn for Mittens:  Berocco Ultra Alpaca in Pastel Pink and Duncan
Yarn for Lining:  Blue Sky Alpaca Brushed Suri in Pink Lemonade 
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