Yarn: Cascade 220 and Patons Classic Wool (stashed odds and ends, unknown colors), 3 oz. total.
Pattern: Inga, by Sheila Macdonald (It’s free!)
Needles: Size 1 and 3 US
Gauge: 6 sts. per inch
Size: 20″ circumference, which fits my 22″ head well, but Mr. Helloyarn’s 23″ head a little too snugly. (He’s the model here.)
Started: December 26, 2007
Finished: December 29, 2007
This was great fun and a nice rest for my hands after the million tiny stitches. It’s a great way to use up random stashed colors, that’s for sure! I had a great time laying out balls of worsted weight in rows and choosing the loudest combination I could wear.
I’m very surprised that the braided edge gives enough structure to keep the edge from rolling, but it really does. It certainly gives a cleaner silhouette than a hem does.
The only change I made to the pattern was adding those little blips of purple in the center of each design. They’re duplicate stitch.
As you can see, this hat’s a little tall- 20″ from edge to edge, over the top. Since I prefer a shorter hat, I’m already making another one.
I hesitated the first time around, but think I’ve hit upon the loudest color combination I’ll wear with this one! I’m wangling the pattern a bit, adding a second braid, extending the striped section a bit, and taking out nearly a full repeat of the pattern. Will report back.