Thursday, January 31, 2008

Lunch Break Hat (and rambles)

I made a hat today.

I like it.

Lunch Break Hat

Yarn: Superbulky wool - I'm going to say about 120 yards. I'm not really sure. This was wool I frogged from a thrift store sweater, and I used about 3/4 of a sleeve.
Needles: US 10 (UK 4 - because that's what I happened to have in my bag)
Gauge: 10 stitches/4 inches in stockinette stitch knitted flat (but as long as the k2p2 ribbing pulls in to your liking, anything goes)

CO 44 stitches; work in k2p2 rib until you have as much as you want.
*K1, k1f&b* to end - 66 stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures about 8 inches long from cast-on edge.
K2tog across - 33 stitches.
P1, then p2tog across - 17 stitches.
Cut about a yard of yarn, thread through the remaining stitches, and sew seam. This could easily be modified to knit in the round (and thus avoid seaming, which I would have done, had I brought appropriately-sized circular or double-pointed needles to work today!).

I wore my Cable-Down Raglan to work today. It's nice and warm without being scratchy. The verdict's still out on the sleeve length, though - when my arms are at my sides, they're about two inches above my wrist, but if I raise my arms, they retreat to about 3/4 length. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I definitely should have divided for the sleeves earlier, as the shoulder-to-clavicle region is rather baggy. When I raise my arms, my upper torso looks like a hexagon, and while teaching geometry is important, that's not what I'm attempting here.

The Tangled Yoke Cardigan is, sadly, still buttonless. I've made several attempts at finding buttons, but the right ones just haven't been discovered yet. If the roads weren't a skating rink tonight, I'd try a few more places - maybe tomorrow? It needs 9 ~5/8" buttons, and I'm thinking either a pewter or a light shell button would be pretty. We'll see.


Beverly said...

What about some nice deep amber colored buttons? I also like the idea of the light shell - maybe some creamy mother-of-pearl buttons? Have you tried Elements Beadery? They are mostly beads, but they do have some buttons. It's in Bethany. (HA! That's funny) Get thee some buttons before Saturday. I want to see it finished!

Linda said...

Check out Manhattan (sp?) cleaners just south of Hefner on May.