Thursday, March 06, 2008

FO: Twiggy Bobble Hat


I took the day off today -- hey, I'm only human -- and I finished knitting my version of the Twiggy Bobble Hat. (Why "Twiggy"? Do all those bobbles make me look thinner? Or British?) I'm really pleased with it -- I've never been a wearer of slouchy hats, but photos on Ravelry convinced me to try it. To ensure slouchiness, I added an extra repeat of bobbles, which means an extra 6 rows in total, because I was copying this version. The yarn is Misti Alpaca Worsted (a little less than one 50-gram skein). I did a tubular cast-on, mostly just because I wanted to try the method described at the back of the current issue of IK. It worked fine, but it's not as neat as Anna's technique, which is the only other way I've done it.


I used straight needles for the cast-on, and then I just decided to continue the ribbing back and forth. I have a big head, see, and even though I was pretty sure the band of ribbing would fit, I thought it best to leave it open and then add a single-button band at the end, which is what I did. Also, after doing the ribbing on 4.0mm needles, I went up to a 4.5mm circular for the rest, in the interests of maximum slouchiness (see above, re: big head). In the end, the ribbed band was plenty loose, but I think the buttoned seed-stitch flap is a cute touch. I didn't see a need to block this hat; I can live with the slightly sphincter-like appearance at the back:


And the day (off) is not over! There are hours of potential knitting time ahead of me -- an hour during Lost, at the very least. I think I'll work on my slippers. And I'm amending my March finishing frenzy plan: If I finish four things (so, two more), I can cast on something new. Did you see the newest mittens making the rounds of Ravelry queues? My fingers are itching for Vinterblomster.

Hey, guess what? I caught Mooky lounging on the couch this morning -- gazing longingly at the window. He'll never learn.

20 comments:

Mary Kay said...

i love that hat and it looks way cute on you!

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gleek said...

love the hat! looks great on you :) i love that mooky actually uses his blanket.

meg said...

great hat. love the color.

that shot of mooky is freaking cute. made me chuckle

Steph said...

Sphincter hat... that's awesome. I love it. I'd make it just to say it was a sphincter hat.

Ravelry is a bad influence on me. Those mittens are so cute!

Jodi said...

Fabulous hat! I'm not usually a bobble-girl, but I really like them this time. All that lovely snow... ours has melted and now all of the winter detritus that was lurking underneath has been revealed.

Chris said...

Maybe because it looks like little bits of twigs starting to grow out of the hat?! Awesome photo of Mooks.

chez shoes said...

That's a mighty cute sphincter you've got there!

miss ewe said...

You're so cute! That hat looks great on you!

Anonymous said...

I think that's probably the cutest twiggy bobble hat I've seen yet! I like it a lot on you.

Robin said...

Love your twiggy bobble slouchy hat with a button! Good to know you are keeping warm with your FOs.

Michelle said...

I love the hat on you! You can always sew elastic into the band to tighten it up. The button is an excellent touch, too.

Smooches to Mooks.

Moe said...

Grey hat and red scarf! I am addicted to grey and red together. You look so cute. Colour me jealous.

Stacey said...

so cute!! i love the little bobbles!! those mittens are so adorable - I added them to my queue along with everyone else!

ingrid said...

The hat looks great on you.

I, too, have been perplexed by the pattern name. Is Twiggy known for wearing bobblicious knit hats? I dunno.

Flying Pizza said...

Mooky looks like he is just melting!

Seanna Lea said...

Cute hat and great job of finishing things! There is plenty of the month left for your other two finishes.

La Cabeza Grande said...

What are you doing here? Everything you touch is so flipping cute! I love that hat on you.

Poor Mooks. His kitty thought bubble seems to say, "Le sigh. There's outside (cold) and there's inside (comfy)"

claudia said...

Neither you nor Mooky could possibly be any cuter.

notsocrafty.com said...

The hat looks great, I like the color on you.

The cat photo is hilarious.

The Happy College Knitter said...

That hat is pretty much fantastic, love it! :)