Sumer is Icumen In is the song I sang in Madrigals but with that fading fast into a brisk fall, I'm thinking ahead. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I lost my winter hat and bought some Mrs. Crosby worsted weight yarn to repair the problem. But what would let me use every inch, still cover my ears, and not have too much going on to compete with the beautiful colors?
I went with the Basic Ribbed Hat by Jane Irish Nelson. What I liked about this simple paid pattern is that she included both bottom up and top down directions for a beanie or a stocking cap and the yardage she required looked to be about right to meet the 164 yards that I had.
In order to use up all of the yarn, I did a top down hat. I think this might be a first for me. I'm always doing ribbing at the bottom and then decreases. Anyway, after the first 18-20 rows, it was 2x2 ribbing. Of course, my hands default to 1x1 ribbing due to all of my sock knitting, so I had to correct a few more times than I'd like, but overall it went very quickly. I knit the entire hat in just a few hours one afternoon.
I love how it turned out. The colors mute a little knit together and it looks like a stained glass window.
I still need to give it a quick wash and weave in the ends (the i-cord at the top will be a "button" where one might put a pompom).
I must tell you that this yarn was absolutely delicious to knit with. It's squishy and bouncy and feels wonderful on the hands. I've already ordered more for another project-- but that's another blog post.