FO: Patterned Watch Cap

Double Irish Chain Hat

Pattern: Patterned watch cap, with the Double Irish Chain pattern, from Robin Hansen’s Favorite Mittens.

Yarn: Two skeins of Colinette Cadenza, in Slate, $10/skein; 1 skein of white Zara Merino extrafine, $10; both from Downtown Yarns. If you make the brim shorter, like 1.5″ and no pompom, you could probably get away with one skein of Cadenza.

Needles: Size 4 Hiya Hiya bamboo 16″ for brim, size 8 Balene plastic 16″ for stranded colorwork, size 5 Clover bamboo 16″ for the stockinette top, and size 6 Boye DPNs for decreases. (The DPNs and stockinette top should have been on the same size needle, but I didn’t have a size 6 16″ or size 5 DPNs, hence the change.)

Project started/ended: November 10 to November 16–5 days from cast on to cast off, with 1 more day for the pompom!

 Double Irish Chain Hat

This is my first stranded project–whee! I think I did a pretty good job. I’ll have to take a photo of the insides so you can see the floats. The Colinette Cadenza yarn color is beautiful–I felt sad to have to interrupt it with the pattern, but nothing was going to stop me from fair-isle-ing!

I enjoyed learning how to do stranded knitting, but I was shocked because I am normally a loose knitter, and have to go down two sizes from the recommended gauge, but on the stranded knitting, I had to go up two sizes to make the gauge. Robin Hansen’s book is very clear and helpful about how to do the actual knitting, and all in all, it went pretty well. (There were two periods of knitting rage: once, when I couldn’t get gauge and the second time when I couldn’t figure out how to decrease within the pattern–hence the solid top.)

My last two projects were with rougher yarns, so I was shocked how soft the merino felt. It was like butter! Here’s a blocking shot:
Blocking hat

The hat is blocking over a tupperware bowl (one of a set, the smaller size is to the left) balanced precariously on a drinking glass placed over a Ms. Bento container. (P.S. That sink’s rusty corner once cut Adam’s finger so deep we had to go to the emergency room. This was early on in my knitting career, so I was actually kind of excited because I got to knit during the 4+ hours we waited, before they finally gave him stitches.) It was cool this weekend, so to speed up the drying, I started blow-drying it. You know you’ve reached a stage of insanity in your life when you’re standing in a bathroom, blow-drying a hat pulled over a bowl, balanced on a glass, on top of a thermos.

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6 Responses to “FO: Patterned Watch Cap”

  1. November 17th, 2008 at 11:14 pm #Lauren

    That Colinette is gorgeous! I love that the stranded pattern stops where the decreases start so you can admire the yarn in its full stockinette glory… and the pompom is good for showing that off too. Beautiful job!

    Also, don’t you just love the Spring Street Station and its little tile mosaics?!

  2. November 17th, 2008 at 11:14 pm #Lauren

    Prince Street… I meant Prince Street…!

  3. November 17th, 2008 at 11:47 pm #Alli

    oooh, I love the colors in your hat! It’s so cute! I especially love the pom-pom. I am pom-pom incompetent and cannot make them so I am extra jealous!

  4. November 18th, 2008 at 9:54 am #Johnson

    You know when I decided that the free-lance copy editor at my former employer took her job a little too seriously? When she changed “pom-pom” to “pompon.” If you look in the dictionary, “pompon” is the proper spelling and “pom-pom” is the name of a fish or a weapon or something. But who actually spells it that way? This is the same person, by the way, who once changed “girlfriend” to “girl friend.” We looked it up, and sure enough, according to the dubious authority of Merriam-Webster, “boyfriend” is one word, but “girl friend” is two. We ignored that change too.

  5. November 20th, 2008 at 8:38 am #Phoe

    Oooh, I love that hat!

  6. November 21st, 2008 at 6:18 pm #anne

    Hello- been a long time since I checked in and wow I really like that hat. The colors are fantastic in an unexpected way. The 2nd photo is brilliant. I just moved around the corner from purl- you should send me an email next time you’re in the neighborhood. I could use a shot in the arm from a fellow knitter.