Thursday, January 03, 2008

Getting My Tweed On!

A new year and new yarn to play with, so what do I do? Knock out my version of the Yarn Harlot's Unoriginal Hat Pattern (PDF) in less than 2 days. Even with chunky yarn and big needles, that still amuses me.

FO: Chunky Tweed Hat
1 skein Cascade 128 Chunky Tweed
Size 13 US dpns
2 vintage Bakelite buttons, courtesy of Vintage Necessities

Once I completed the pattern as written, I picked up 56 stitches around the bottom of the hat. Next, I used the cable cast on method to add 8 stitches to create a tab extension for the buttons. I knit this add-on flat instead of circular so that I'd end up with an easy 5 row garter band.
FO: Chunky Tweed Hat
What's a hat without a scarf, I ask you? Just a lonely little soldier. Enter Lynne Barr's "Knitting New Scarves" and the ZigZag scarf pattern (page 122). I'm only 3 repeats into it, but it is very easy and serves as a wonderful introduction to intarsia.

ZigZag Scarf
What an intriguing collection of scarves that ventures far beyond the basic elongated rectangle. I strongly suggest this book be added to your knit reading list.

So many other temptations in store. What should I tackle next? Blue Sky Alpaca's Suri Merino fingerless mitts or a felted Malabrigo handbag? Oh, yeah. There are a few new designs brewing as well. My crystal ball says '08 will be a busy, busy year!

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Blogger Chris said...

Karen --
Adding the band and buttons really makes that hat something special! Very creative! I love the buttons, they are truly an inspired touch!

1/03/2008 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The yellow buttons are a nice touch for the hat--so chic! I love the little details.

- MJ

1/03/2008 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

You've been busy!
Great stuff!

1/03/2008 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love the addition of the buttons! And that scarf...I think I may need to get that book at some point in the near future, it looks kind of awesome.

1/03/2008 03:24:00 PM  
Blogger KSee said...

Really like the hat. I got that book last week and love it. It is definalty a must have book to add to anyone's library. I have 5 patterns marked, but starting out with a simplier pattern. I am totally ADD

1/03/2008 04:58:00 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

I hope your business means that you are feeling better? Love the button addition to the hat, so finished and loverly. Happy New Year!

1/03/2008 05:06:00 PM  
Blogger lu said...

i love love love this wool and the cute little buttons!

thanks for your concern, i am safe and sound but things are a little bit chaotic with all the shops closed, un restrictions not to move, and found lost baggage now sitting at the airport that they will not deliver due to the insecure situation!

i live in a safe area and will do my best to post updates of the situation as i see it and the safety of the city.

happy new year!

1/04/2008 02:05:00 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I love your unoriginal hat. The color is wonderful!

1/04/2008 06:14:00 AM  
Blogger lu said...

address is, will indeed keep you posted. at phase 2 security now but if all is calm for 2 days we go back to normal. keep your fingers crossed. or whatever you do for african elections gone awfully wrong...

1/04/2008 07:37:00 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Wow, snazzy for sure! I'm going to have a look at the book for certain . . .thanks for the tip!

1/04/2008 06:59:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Awesome! I'll have to flip through that book sometime.

1/04/2008 07:43:00 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

Love the button tab, and the garter edge/band. The scarf is really striking. It seems as you must be feeling better - keep up the good work!

1/04/2008 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

What a gorgeous scarf! I'm seriously tempted into getting that book. How do you like the other designs?

1/04/2008 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

was i there at Loopy's when you bought yarn for the hat/scarf set? the hat turned out fabulous and the scarf is looking great.

i just ordered Knitting New Scarves and i can't wait to delve into the new patterns.

1/05/2008 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

I love that scarf!

1/05/2008 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

What a beautiful hat. The color combo for the scarf looks great too.

1/05/2008 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Love the hat!!! I think I'm going to have to give in and make one!
That scarf book looks great. I keep seeing FO's popping up all over the blogs and Ravelry and I'm loving them so far!

1/06/2008 07:22:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

What an intriguing scarf! Very clever. Looks like fun to knit, too.

1/07/2008 03:52:00 AM  
Blogger monica said...

Great hat! I love the button detail.

1/07/2008 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

I heard Blue Sky's Suri is nice to knit. I can't believe how much knitting you are getting done here! You go girl. I have been knitting the same pair of socks for what seems two months. Ugggg

Trying to think of what to knit next. I have a few ideas.

Talk about cute! Love the cable and the button on this hat. So hope you are getting much better. xoxo

1/07/2008 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I love tweed! Great mod to the hat with the buttons! And the scarf is pretty cool too.

1/07/2008 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

totally love what you have done to the hat. so stinkin creative!
and that scarf is so cool. i really have to check out that book.
glad you are knitting. a lot! :)

1/08/2008 11:47:00 PM  

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