I found this pattern on Ravelry and just couldn’t resist. It’s a reversible hat. One side is a very traditional Norwegian star pattern, the other is…well, you’ll see. I think my brother will appreciate it.
Thursday, December 3rd: The provisional cast-on.
For this hat I’m using Caron’s Simply Soft yarn in Light Country Blue and Dark Country Blue. These colors should match my brother’s favorite hoodie pretty well.
Since this hat will be reversible it requires you join the second side to the first at the bottom. You use a provisional cast-on so you can remove the stitches when it’s time to start the second half. This was a new technique for me, so I used this video to help me along. It’s actually pretty slick. I’m going to start with the Norwegian star pattern tonight and hope I get it at least half done.
Saturday, December 5th: Side one is done.
Unlike his big sister, Jesse is not petite. A normal sized hat will not fit over his head (and crazy hair). I did a lot of adjusting to the pattern to make a very large hat. I hope it will fit over his head without much stretching so you can see the pattern well.
I got about half-way through the outside of the hat when I decided the needles I was using just weren’t going to work. The fair isle section was all puckery. So I ripped it back. Ugh, what a mess that made.
I picked up some larger needles to work that section and the finished product is much better.
Now it’s time to remove the provisional edge (the red yarn in the picture) and pick up the stitches along the bottom to create the lining.
Sunday, December 6th: Roffles.
When I stumbled across a colorwork chart named “Fornicating Deer Chart” there was no way I could pass that one up. The chart is indeed of a pair of reindeer gettin’ it on.
Bow chicka bow wow.
I knitted the deer side the same way as the star side, only attached to the bottom of the first piece. When it was completed it looked like this:
Then I just kind of folded it in on itself and voilá! Two hats in one!
December 24th, 2009: Jesse and his hat