FO: New Hat!

new hat design
new hat

I’ve mentioned in the past how I love the greens of the PNW. Year round greens of every shade. This year I was inspired by the light greys and acid green combination — stone and moss, trees and snow.

inspiration
inspiration

On a road trip to Vancouver for a hockey game, I pulled a ball of rowanspun dk in mist and a ball of berroco ultra alpaca light in pea soup mix from the stash, charted a simple pattern, and started.

I set it aside for a while while I went on a business trip to DC and a vacation trip to Hawai’i, but picked it up when I got back to Seattle and a week of wintry weather (quite disconcerting after a week of 80°F in Hawai’i!).

so cold
brrr

I finished it the day we had a good 4″ dump on us, followed by another 2″ that evening. A happy coincidence.

[not a lot of snow, just a lot for Seattle :) ]

innards
innards

Stranding with these yarns wasn’t particularly difficult though I was having issues with EVERY needle I tried. The rowanspun dk I have is really super super super lightweight — more like a 4ply. Compared to the berroco ultra alpaca light (supposedly a sportweight), it was a lot thinner. This hat — which is fairly slouchy — used a mere 35g of the main color and 14g of the contrast. It is incredibly lightweight and dried almost immediately.

The rowanspun dk is a little variegated in its thickness thanks to the tweed, which makes for a bit more textured look to the hat (and messier look to the stranding).

I’m not 100% happy with the hat, but I think it’s a good starting place.

3 Comments so far

  1. Kara on February 26th, 2011

    I think it is darling! I love the happy trees.

  2. Vera on March 5th, 2011

    Beautiful hat!

  3. noricum on March 6th, 2011

    I love the hat! :)