Friday, December 28, 2007

1989 on my mind

December has been a frenzy of pattern writing, knitting, ripping, some minor cursing, more knitting, more ripping, designing, and enough spinning to adhere little bits of pink fluff to every surface in the house. (Including my pants.) It's unfortunate that there couldn't be more blogging on that list, but I was determined to finish one specific thing before I blogged again, and I am at last done. I present my newest hat pattern, simply named "1989".

1989 hat turquoise mosaic

This hat pattern was written for an adult's head, but can easily be sized down (or up, for a large adult's head) by altering needle size and yarn weight. Recommendations for how to alter the size by changing yarn weight, gauge, and needle size are given in the pattern, to allow you to knit any size from preemie to very large adult. The version you see here was knit in worsted weight yarn on size 7 needles, in a mystery yarn given to me by a friend. It uses about 50 grams of yarn, though you might want a 100 gram skein to be on the safe side. If you are unsure of what yarns may work with the hat, I give a few recommendations in the pattern, and would be happy to give more recommendations if necessary. I also knit a version in charcoal grey Harrisville Highland:

1989 hat grey mosaic

Click here to see any of the photos in those mosaics close up.

This hat is designed so that an adventurous beginner can knit it, but so it will hold the attention of a more experienced knitter. It is knit in the round, and involves a variety of types of increases and decreases to create the patterning. I give detailed instructions for all of the shaping in the pattern.

The main patterning is charted out, with a full chart key, as well as the above-mentioned explanations of all of the increases and decreases. The crown shaping of the hat is written out, round by round.

This hat was a really fun, quick knit for me. I'm not a fast knitter, but each hat took about one weekend day. I almost ran to the LYS to get a skein of Noro, because I am eager to see how beautiful it will look in a striping or variegated yarn. Hopefully a few of you will choose to use such a yarn, so I can see how it looks!

The cost of the pattern is $5.50. Click the button below to purchase it. You will automatically be emailed a download link for the PDF:

If you'd prefer, you can also buy it directly from its Ravelry page.

Please let me know if you have any questions, any problems with the pattern, or just want to know more about the hat! There is an explanation for the hat name in the pattern. But if enough of you seem curious about it, I'll write up the explanation in a future blog post, too.

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Blogger Paula said...

Very clever design. I just had to buy me one. Thanks!

12/28/2007 7:52 AM  
Blogger Milly said...

That is awesome!

12/28/2007 9:30 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

This looks like such a fun pattern. Too bad I can't buy things on the internet yet! :(

12/28/2007 10:27 AM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Nice hat! You have to tell the story. The curiosity is killing me (and the cat).

12/28/2007 10:33 AM  
Blogger The Digger said...

Fun! I have some Noro I think it would look really cute in too.

12/28/2007 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very lovely hat! I love the gray version, but both yarns look incredible.

12/30/2007 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! The hat is beautiful! Pictures in daylight tomorrow! My daughter wanted one too, I will maybe cast on tonight.

Hugs from Norway.

12/31/2007 4:24 PM  
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Blogger ValĂ©rie said...

LOVE the colours of the handspun for your mitt ; so soft, makes me think of Paris on a rainy day :)

1/21/2008 11:29 AM  

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