Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Trick or Twofer Treat!

Hubster's cousins hosted us during the Half-Marathon weekend back in July, so I offered to knit them something as a thank-you gift. Nothing says "thank you" like Lorna's Laces and Koigu! ;) (Sorry, no modeled shots this time. I meant to, then forgot and washed them and am too lazy to model, photog, and wash 'em again. Plus, I need to get these mailed off as it's been over three months since I promised to knit these for them, sooooo, sucky pics it is!)
Have any of you seen this hat before? Hmmm, it's a rather obscure one... HA! Right. I'm sure you recognize the ubiu ubiqoi popular Koolhaas pattern from the IK 2007 Holiday Gifts issue. I have to say, I can see why this pattern has become such a bandwagon. It's much easier to knit than it looks
(as long as you know how to cable without a cable needle, otherwise, it would drive you mad), really pops with those lattice cables, and is incredibly stretchy. It fit both Hubster and me!

Only made a couple of minor mods here: I a) lengthened the ribbing to create a fold-up brim, because me likey fold-up brims; b) knitted three repeats before the crown decreases (instead of five) as my row gauge was off; and c) ktbl'd the slipped stitch before moving the marker at end of Row 8 (instead of just slipping), to maintain the patterning. That was about it!

Hopefully J will like it! I thoroughly enjoyed knitting it, and the results turned out fab! In fact, this may become my go-to gift hat pattern.
Uh, if my brothers are reading this, I hope you like it 'cause there's a very good chance you'll both be getting one for Christmas.


Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2007
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, less than one skein in Pewter
HiyaHiya Stainless Steel Interchangeables, size 8
Fold-up brim, fewer repeats before crown, ktbl slipped stitch in Row 8

And for M, my Mitt Envys!
MItt Envy 3
Is it wrong to love your own pattern? Ah, screw it if it is, 'cause I do! They knit up super quick, take very little yarn, have those kicky little cables, and look great in both solid and variegated colorways. I love this pattern so much, you'll be seeing a pair modified for sport weight later this week!

These should keep M's hands nice and toasty as she's sipping tea, overlooking her kickass San Fran view that I would hate her for if I didn't love her so much.

Mitt Envy IV

Mine :)
Koigu Premium Merino, less than one skein in 2405
HiyaHiya Stainless Steel, size 1, 32"


Blogger Caffeine Girl said...

Of course there is nothing wrong with loving your own pattern! They are very adorable, and I would love to make them. But I'm a chart girl. If you know of anyone who's worked out a chart, do let us know!

4:24 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Caffeine Girl - the sport weight version will have a chart for the cable section, which is the same cable as the lighter weight version. :)

7:21 PM  
Blogger JellyDonut said...

Love the hat and the mitts!

8:04 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Lucky recipients! LL worsted is great for hats...although I wouldn't know that as I've always gifted them ;) It is nice to knit with..and I do have more in hiding here..hmmm I do need a new pair of mitts too..double hmmm

8:13 PM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

Lorna's Laces in Pewter... I wonder where you found that! ;)

They both look awesome!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

Betcha now he's gonna want some manly mitts and she's gonna want a Koolhaas....;-)

3:13 AM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

I'm making koolhaas for the first time too. Loving it, except one of the cables which I 'just' can't do without the needle because my yarn isn't stretchy enough! And yes, it's driving me nuts. Love the mitts too :0)

4:22 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Lucky people to be getting these beautiful handknits! I love how they'll be all color coordinated, too.

4:28 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

very nice! i keep meaning to knit koolhaas but i have eleventy billion hats already and i'm pretty sure i've given everyone i know at least one hat for various holidays. maybe someday.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

Love the hat and mitts, they came out great!

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

I've had your mitts in my queue for a long time - it really is time to knit them - they are so cute!

Love the hat too - now I want to knit one!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Jacey said...

Your Koolhaas looks great! Somehow, I've avoided knitting that one so far, but I'm sure I'll make one eventually. I haven't tried your Mitt Envy pattern yet, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with loving your pattern. They look great. Cozy.

6:45 AM  

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