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April 2018

Kinky

Don't worry, this is not Fifty Shades of Knitting.

I'm doing charity knitting when watching TV shows in the evening, and I had a skein's worth of lovely alpaca from the Maine Alpaca Experience, all in little balls, the biggest of which I unraveled from a piece of knitting from the vest I knit for my husband (turns out he wanted it to be a bit longer). I was too lazy to make it into a skein, wash it, and dry it. I tried to blame my handicap on that, but really, I was just too lazy. So I knit it up into the DK weight hat that I posted the pattern for here

The yarn was kinky. It didn't look so bad until I ran out of yarn and joined a ball of nice, smooth yarn and kept going. 

Wow. It looked really different.

 

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Yikes! So, maybe washing the hat would solve the problem? I washed it and it took three days to dry ... either it is really foggy here on the coast of Maine, or the alpacas soak up lots of water.

This was the result:

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You can still see the difference, but it is not so bad.

The only problem with knitting for charity is, I want all the hats!! And I never wear hats! At least they will go to people who need them when they are cold! ☺


DK Weight Ribbed Watch Cap

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DK Weight Ribbed Watch Cap

Size 5US/3.75mm 16"circular and double pointed needles

300 yards DK weight yarn

Gauge: 9 sts and 6.5 rows per inch measured over ribbing pattern lying at rest after washing

This will appear to be really skinny, but it stretches a lot!

Cast on 112 sts. Work in k2, p2 rib until piece measures 11 inches/28 centimetres. It will seem too long, but that is ok.

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Decrease for top:

Row 1: *Work 12 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 2 - 12: Work around with no decreases, keeping pattern as much as possible.

Row 3: *Work 11 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 5: *Work 10 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 7: *Work 9 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 9: *Work 8 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 11: *Work 7 sts, work 2 together* around. 

After completing Row 12, you can eliminate the even rounds in between the decrease rounds.

Row 13: *Work 6 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 14: *Work 5 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 15: *Work 4 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 16: *Work 3 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 17: *Work 2 sts, work 2 together* around. 

Row 18: *Work 1 st, work 2 together* around. 

Row 19: *Work 2 together* around. 

Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch end; pull the end through the remaining stitches secure it. Weave in ends. Fold up a 2" brim and wear proudly.