Thursday, June 01, 2006

Vine Ripened

It took me a while of googling to find this pattern, I was looking for an apple hat instead of a tomato. After I got that out of the way finding the pattern was really easy.
The pattern was written by Kate Buchanan and is located at the knitchicks website. The pattern was a bit vaugue in areas and I had to visualize and work around those spots, but I am happy with the way they turned out.

The hat in the forground was knit on size US 7 circular needles and is newborn size, the one behind it was knit on US 10 circular needles and was made to fit a toddler without making any other adjustments to the pattern.

I used Cascade Yarns 220 superwash 100% wool in color #809 for the red and Patons La Laine Superwash Merino Wool in color 6233 DK weight for the leaves and stem.

The part of the pattern that seemed sketchy, is where the second color is introduced. After working even on 72 stitches, the instructions say to "*K1, K9* around", that's it. That makes 10 stitches to the repeat, and for it to work out evenly one should have been working on 70 stitches instead of 72. I just worked the pattern as it said, which ends making each leaf slightly different, more natural looking, and I like the finished effect. (But, it would have been nice to have had that explained, maybe?)

One can link to the pattern for this hat by clicking on the title [Vine Ripened] above.

I have a feeling I am going to be making a few more of these as time goes by and the spreading infection of pregnancy makes its rounds of my workplace.


Blogger Knittingboykit said...

I have a pattern from Ann...I can't remember...there's a CHART for the color placement and the decreases =) I think it would be pretty easy to make the chart w/graph paper--AFTER you are under way with the hat and have an idea of the reln betw your paper and your hat--since i never work with knitters paper, but whatever's in the scrap pile at school! If the decreases are in the up points or zags of the leaves, it makes a nice swirl of the decrease--if that makes any sense =)

Glad you are feeling better, and able to knit!

9:10 PM  

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