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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Inverted Cloud Hats - a Pattern Mod; and, Knitting Around Town with Surprise Guests

That blue hat that I knit for Gryphon the other day turned out to be a success. He's worn it every day since. His assessment - the yarn is soft and warm, and the gauge came out tight enough that when the wind picks up, his bald spot doesn't feel cold. Yet the stitching is still elastic and comfortably stretches over his head for a good fit.

The only change we'd make in the whole thing is to knit it longer. As it is, it fits well, but there isn't enough length to fold up a cuff for extra warmth over the ears.

Gryphon in His New Blue Hat
Gryphon, Crusin' and Stylin' in his Blue Cloud Hat

I was working with Mossy Cottage Knits' Dulaan Cloud Hat pattern, which knits from the cuff up, and of course I had to guess when to start decreasing. Turns out I could have kept going another inch or so if I'd wanted.

The hat was enough success, though, that Gryphon agreed he'd happily accept more of them, in different colors. A veritable winter hat wardrobe. So Saturday, the two of us popped out together so he could pick out the yarn for himself.

Angel Hair Yarn from Jo-Ann
Jo-Ann's Exclusive Angel Hair Yarn -
Colorways (top to bottom) Berry and Forest Green

His choice of the Berry colorway surprised me a bit - I wouldn't have picked him for something that bright, and it has a deep pink component to the mix as well. But he told me he wanted something in nice, bright fall colors, and this sure fit that description.

Fall Colors Hat in Progress
Inverted Berry Cloud Hat in Progress, Showing Magic Loop

I took a quick look at the Cloud Hat pattern again, and realized how easy it would be to invert it and knit from the center top down - especially if I use the Magic Loop technique. This time, I wanted to show the Magic Loop I meant business - I pulled out my size 10, 60" Addi Turbos. It turns out to actually be easier to work the Magic Loop when you have more "loop" to pull through, especially when you're working the smaller stitch counts.

The inversion of the pattern was easy. I won't put it up as a PDF, since it's my modification of someone else's pattern, and I make no claims to the idea at all. In fact, I suspect that a bunch of you have probably already made the conversion in your heads - that's how easy it is! If Ryan at Mossy Cottage is interested, however, maybe she'll offer this as an alternative version at her own site.

Inverted Cloud Hat

Needles: Size 10, circular or dpn depending on your preferred method.
Gauge: 1" = 4.5 stitches, 6 rows

Cast-on 6 stitches, using whatever method you prefer. Join, and begin knitting around as follows:

Rounds 1 & 2: K1 front and back in each stitch (K1FB). (12 stitches after Round 1; 24 stitches after Round 2.)

Round 3, 5, 7 & 9: Knit

Round 4: *K1, K1FB. Repeat from * around. (36 stitches)

Round 6: *K2, K1FB. Repeat from * around (48 stitches)

Round 8: *K3, K1FB. Repeat from * around (60 stitches)

Round 10: *K4, K1FB. Repeat from * around (72 stitches)

From here on, work even in stockinette stitch until the body of the hat is desired length, then switch to K1, P1 rib. Continue until the hat is as long as you desire - or your yarn runs out.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends, and enjoy.

Surprise! or, Always Go Out Prepared to Knit and Take Pictures

Our Saturday outing included a stop here:

A. C. Moore, Nashua, NH

Where we never expected to find this opportunity!

Knitting Around with the Mouse Family
Knitting Around with the Famous Mice

Of course, both Gryphon and I looked at them standing in front of the store, and our first thought was to get out the knitting and take the picture. It's a good thing I always come prepared for Knitting Around, isn't it!

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