Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Finished Hat from the Top Down

It feels so good to post about a finished knitting item! I had a one of those knitting days of the blahs....or as Joansie likes to refer to as the "deflated balloon category". I had a couple knitting things going, OK...4 things, but who's counting? Anyway, my heart wasn't in any of it, but I needed to knit.

While reading some e-mail from one of the many knitting groups that I belong to, there was mention of this hat pattern that was knitted from the top down or from the crown down. I was intrigued, because I have yet to successfully knit a sock from the toe up, which is basically the same principle, right? Also, this hat starts with a CO of 4 sts.

I present to you, Ben's Blue Devil Hat Pattern By Kirsten Kapur, throughtheloops.typepad.com/

The Crown of the Hat

The pattern was pretty easy to follow and it was a quick knit. I worked on it off and on it, so that's why it took me a couple of days to finish, but I'm sure that this hat could be completed in a few hrs. of knitting. I used yarn from my stash and I started out on size 8 DPNs, then I switched to 1-Cir. I also increased the amt. of sts. from 80 to 96 sts. so that it'll fit an older teen or an adult. This pattern certainly seems adaptable to working out hats in different gauges and sizes. I'm already working on another hat using the Magic Loop and making it child size as per pattern. I have no one in particular in mind for these hats, but I'll put it aside for gifting or for charity.


Grandma Elsie said...

Nice job Deb.
I have never done one top down but I knit socks toe up all the time.
Hate doing it cuff down..
So when you run out of yarn , like I did with the sock I post on my last blog post I just make a shorter cuff.. LOL
Elsie <><

Joansie said...

Hat looks great. Must be a good feeling to have something ahead to be able to donate to charity.

I don't like that "deflated balloon" feeling. Fortunately, it doesn't happen often.

Hopscotch Cardi x 3!