Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Loopy Hat

"What are you making?!"
"Why are there holes in it?"
"Now what are you doing to it?

That is what various family members kept saying to me as I knitted this hat.

I understand their skepticism. After all why put holes in a perfectly good hat?

This hat is what happens when I get bored with the normal.
I first saw this hat on Knitty Gritty a show I used to watch when I had cable. It took me a long time to find the actual pattern to this hat and once I had found it I had already started it from memory.

I call this "Loopy Hat" although it's original name is "Spaghetti Hat" but that name never made any sense to me. Do you see Spaghetti when you look at this hat? I don't.

I made this hat for a soon-to-be born baby girl. She won't be able to wear this hat until she is about 2 (I'm a little shaky on the size of the hat I had some problems) if I got the size right. The size was supposed to be 3-6 months, but the brown knits up a little looser than I first thought and it came out much larger than anticipated.

It was a lot of fun to make. I started out making a basic hat and added the holes as I went. I decided to use two colors because I wasn't sure how much of the brown I had. Turns out that the brown and the pink have different gauges, but I think it came out all right regardless. For the loops I toyed with putting stripes in it, but decided that would be too much work and too busy for an already "out there" hat. I knitted the i-cord (the loops) using a strand of pink and of brown. I think the i-cord loops are a little thick and I wouldn't do that again.

I'm going to try the hat on a one-year old at the daycare and see how it fits her, that will give me a better idea of how big it is. I'm wondering if it will be comfortable. It's a little "wonky". I'll post pics of the inside and a pattern for it later this week.

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