Radio Frequency HatJune 21, 2011
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 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.