Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rikke Hat

 I finished a new knit last week all in the name of good, old-fashioned swapping.


This squishy goodness was knit for my knitting-group friend Joanna. She is the knitting group's resident needle crafter, hand-stitching designs on paper to create some really awesome greeting and holiday cards. So of course when she asked if anyone in the group would be willing to exchange some hand knits for cards, I jumped at the chance. Literally. I shouted, "ME!" 


Her request was a nice slouchy hat to go with her black leather jacket (she's so cool).  I was a little worried because Joanna has a smaller head circumference than I do so I was going to have to pray to the knitting gauge gods and hope things turned out alright. Thanks to all the garter stitch in this pattern, the brim is super stretchy and not only does it fit her little noggin well, it actually fits mine pretty good too (because you know I tried it on before I gave it away). Since the pattern calls for a DK weight yarn and we had decided on the Polar Morn colorway of Malabrigo worsted, I cast on fewer stitches on a slightly larger needle than called for.  After the brim, I knit the hat the length called for (9") before starting decreases. I had more than enough yarn, with a tiny ball leftover. 


Because of the in-the-round garter stitch, there is a jog where you switch from knit to purl but I actually don't mind it. It looks more like a seam to me than a messy switch so I didn't freak out about it.  I gave the hat to Joanna at knitting last night and was happy to get a couple quick photos of her wearing it. 


 
 I know I say this a lot but I definitely need one for myself! I have a couple great skeins of DK in my stash that I think would make an awesome hat. Or I might have to break down and buy a skein of Malabrigo. How terrible would that be?

You can check out Joanna on her Christmas TV blog or in her Etsy store (if you do, get a look at that squirrel greeting card! So cute!).


Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Polar Morn (less than a full skein)
Needles: #5 for brim, #9 for hat
Began: October 27
Completed: October 29



23 comments:

  1. Very chic! I like the faux seam as well.

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  2. This is one of my all-time favorite hat patterns and the one you knit for Joanna absolutely shows why. And if I can be of any influence, I say buy yourself a skein of Malabrigo worsted! I always have a few skeins in my stash because I love to knit with it so, so much and one skein goes a long way.

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  3. ohh I love this hat! I haven't seen that pattern before - I like that it looks warm and yet not hair-squishing.

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  4. It's a real nice hat! I find it so well defined!

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  5. love the slouchy hat look!
    i vote you definitely need some malabrigo! :)

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  6. I really, really, love that hat. It looks so snug and cozy! I always recommend buying more Malabrigo.

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  7. I love this! So simple yet so awesome. :D

    -Lina
    photoknitdog.com

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  8. Well I'm just going to have to make myself a Rikke hat now!

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  9. Where do I get the pattern ?

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    1. The link at the bottom where it says "Pattern" should take you to it.

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    2. There is no such word as pattern on this whole page. I hate things like this where you want something and can never find out how to get it.

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  10. I did not see the word "Pattern" therefore could not receive a pattern for it

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    1. Oh, I'm sorry! It's the link next to where it says pattern.

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  11. I do hope you knitted yourself this lovely hat too Andrea! Its a great patterns and just what I need to keep my ears warm. I love the change from garter to stocking stitch - very subtle but interesting detail. Thanks so much for the pattern.

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  12. What length circular? Needle?

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  14. I know the hat is 9 inches... how thick is the brim?

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  15. I love this! How did you finish off the hems? I looking to do the same thing with a scarf (but still a total novice).

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  16. this is a great hat pattern. I knit myself one in a bison blend yarn last year and a girl friend practically stole it right off my head!! Just kidding, she tried it on and got so excited I had to give it to her.

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  17. Im new to knitting :)
    So you don't join this in the round because you have to switch needles. But it says the jog looks like there is a seam. Aren't you supposed to seam it?
    Also do you use magic loop the whole time?

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