Polka Dot Cottage: Quick Knits for the Menfolk, part one

Quick Knits for the Menfolk, part one

Posted December 3rd, 2011 by

Hat for the boy

Somebody needed a new hat.  Two somebodies, in fact, but this post is about the smaller somebody, in particular.  The hat I made him three years ago was starting to feel a little snug and look a little crummy.  Pilling and such.

He picked out the yarn, and I picked out a pattern that would keep me interested.

365 day 335 - Cabled hat in progress

As an aside, do you know how I picked such a lovely pattern? I searched for hat projects that my Ravelry friends had made (if you have Ravelry friends, you should try it!)  My contacts have such great taste, I knew one of them would have already made something perfect.  And I was right – Grace‘s Fr. Dave’s Hat grabbed me right away.

I am so pleased with the result.  Just one little complaint.  The crown is a bit wonky, and I could be wrong, but I think it’s the fault of the pattern.  I followed it to the letter through the first several decrease rows, and then just winged it at the end, and I think if/when I make this again I am going to do my own decreasing method right from the start.

Hat for the boy

(please forgive the blurry image – some people don’t know how to sit still. ahem.)

My main issue with the crown decreasing is the K2tog stitches.  I feel like those spots should actually be P2tog, to keep the rhythm of the purled stripes going up the full length of the hat.  If I make another one of these, I’ll try it my way and post my specific changes.  At the moment they’re all theoretical, so I don’t feel comfortable sharing them.

This hat took me 3 evenings to finish.  That’s a perfect size project, in my book.

Cabled hat in progress for Son #2

The details

Pattern: Irish Hiking Hat

Modifications: Just the winging-it at the crown that I mentioned above

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Sunset

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