Soooo I lost a hand knit hat. Back at the end of 2013 I knit a teal shawl and hat to go with my new winter coat. A month ago I lost that hat. I thought all hope was lost but with some fantastic luck I found another skein of the same yarn, same dyelot at my LYS. Yes, a year and few months later they had one skein of the exact yarn. Wow.
I chose a different pattern and purposefully knit it long so it would cover my ears fully. Course, because I wasn’t paying close attention to the pattern and number of rows I made a little boo-boo on the number of rows between the purl ridges. So I just carried that boo-boo through the rest of the hat.
Moving on. My Rav project page is here.
Pattern – Close Knit Waffle Hat (Ravelry pattern here) from Leah Bandstra of Close Knit (website here). This is a beanie style hat worked using knits and purls. The pattern calls for bulky weight yarn and US size 10 needles. I actually used US size 7 needles because I always have loose gauge and wanted a tightly knitted fabric. Pattern is free on Ravelry.
Yarn – Misti Alpaca Tonos Chunky (Rav link)(Company website). This yarn is a bulky weight blend of 50% merino and 50% alpaca. A 100 gram skein is 109 yards and the two-ply yarn is loosely plied. I used 97 yards so I could have made it a bit longer. I would buy this yarn 100 times over – its durable and squishy soft. As a note – the alpaca does shed a bit but not enough its a bother to me.