Sunday, October 6, 2013

Jack and Jill

Here are the hats I knit for my parents this weekend:

Bus Hat (dark blue, for my dad) by Kylie McDonnell-Wade / Sideways Grande hat (for my mum) by Laura Irwin
I will write more about them individually, and there's info on both on my Ravelry Projects page.

I'm quite happy with each from a size perspective. The Bus Hat was knit with stash yarn (Cascade 220). The Sideways Grande was knit with a new-to-me, Canadian yarn called Zen Yarn Garden. It's merino and cashmere DK (which I knit using a double strand to approximate chunky weight).

So, what do you think?


21 comments:

  1. I'm totally crazy about the Sideways Grande! I mean, they're obviously both lovely hats, but the Grande I'm going to look up on Ravelry immediately!

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    1. It's a nice hat and I actually bought the book for a totally different pattern (which now I'm on the fence about). I don't think you can source it individually, but not sure...

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    2. Yeah boo on it not being available by itself. My hat hunt will go merrily along.

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  2. Laura pretty much said my thoughts exactly. Now I just need to find someone to knit one for me! ;-)

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    1. Oh, isn't that the age-old issue :-)

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  3. Yeah! Agree with Laura - Grande is a fantastic hat. And I like the men's one too since it has a little more interest that just a regular guy's hat.

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    1. I thought that men's hat was interesting - it's actually unisex! It's a very quick knit and the pattern is free.

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  4. I love the sideways grande, I've had it on my Ravelry list for ages, but it's a shame you can't buy the pattern by itself.

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    1. Ah, re: my comment above, thanks for clarifying my suspicion. I knew this cuz I tried to single source another pattern from the same book and ended up having to buy the book. It's not a bad book, for all that.

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  5. Beautiful! I love the colors and the style of both.

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  6. I love them both! I bet they'll get lots of wear. I'm going to track down the man's pattern -- I think Paul's lost his last knitted hat and it's getting cold.

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    1. Go into my ravelry page for the link. It's free!

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  7. And I just realized that I've had that book for ages, and haven't knit anything from it yet, so I think I'd better make up the Cloche as well. . .

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    1. You should - but read my notes in Ravelry first. The had is designed for someone with a very deep crown to forehead span. I had to cut inches from it.

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  8. They're perfect! Zen Yarn Garden sounds so soft and luxurious.

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    1. It's very luxurious. But not cheap! It will likely wear very well too because it's mainly merino with some cashmere.

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  9. Nice! I'd never seen that Bus Hat pattern before - I really like it. And maybe this year will be the year I finally make a Sideways Grande - I've only had the book since it was released, LOL!

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    1. It's good, yes? I can't believe I haven't happened upon it before either, though in truth, before these hats I'd only knit one other - a baby cap that took 2 hrs.

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  10. I made the Sideways Grande hat a number of years, ago it was literally stolen off my head by a girlfriend and she is still sporting it (it does look better on her anyway). - It was fun to make and always got compliments. Beautiful work and thanks for the link to Zen Garden.

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