Monday, August 15, 2011
Fortnight I, II & III
As soon as I saw this beanie hat on Ravelry, I wanted to make one too, or more. Actually, I was going to make a whole gaggle of it, but after three I needed a break.
The pattern is Fortnight by Jared Flood.
The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.
Needles used 5mm. I've knit the first one on a circular needle until I had to switch to DP's. But the next two were knit on DP's from the start. It was easier on my hands. The 16" circs are just so uncomfortable to hold.
This is a hat a day pattern, very easy, and fast to knit. It comes in three sizes, but size S is definitely for children. I needed to use 5mm needles, to get an adult size, but I would have been more happy with smaller needles. I might try this pattern again with a different yarn.
I love the contrasting cast on row, which is of course optional. The read one was the first one knit. It's size M but without the ear flap short rows. The color is Long Johns, but it's a little darker in real.
The second is size L, but with ear flap short rows, in the color Thistle.
The third is size L again, with ear flaps, in the color Faded Quilt.
I DO like the colors A LOT, but I don't like the yarn itself. I've knit with it before, and probably said so before, but I don't like woolen spun yarns. They are so airy. These hats are so light, and I'm afraid, if there's real cold, and windy weather, they'll be blown off your head. They are good for Fall and Spring though. The yarn is also not the softest, and has a lot of veggie matter in it.
I'm trying to get it all out of my stash, and will not be buying any more of it. I've got one whole skein left, and several left overs pieces.
I guess my Fall/Christmas knitting has begun.