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December 10, 2008

Dangerous, part II

Read the background and check out the first two projects here.

I'm going to wait to take yarn photos over the weekend in order to do as much justice to the gorgeous colors and textures as natural light and my photographic skills will allow. Therefore, projects with dedicated yarns will wait until then. Up for discussion today: some latecomers - recently discovered, and nowhere near fully fleshed-out.

3 and 4. Boutique Knits: Side Slip Cloche and Sideways Grande Hat

 

These two hats from the recently published Boutique Knits are adorable, no two ways about it! I've seen several pop up over the last few weeks, and each time I have the same reaction: want!!! For example, Jess made an adorable Sideways Grande Hat that I saw in person over the weekend, and Melissa blogged about both in one fell swoop. Do you see what I mean? So cute!

Winter accessories are the only handknit items which I reliably wear. Not to brag, but all kinds of head-decorating stuffs look great on me, including (but not limited to) snug caps, floppy berets, headbands, helmets, and crowns ;). Heck, I'd probably totally rock a turkey hat. Combine that with the frigid New England winters, and I definitely feel that you can never have too many handknit hats - I enjoy having a choice! It's fun to open up the closet in the morning and pick a hat to wear for that day.

So, really, there's no way I could have skipped over these two cute patterns. (Other patterns in the book are great, too, but these two are my faves.)

The yarn requirements are pretty straightforward, though substitutions are absolutely necessary for yours truly. The Side Slip Cloche uses 2 skeins of worsted weight Rowan RYC Soft Lux, but that has (allergy-inducing) angora in it. The Sideways Grande Hat uses 2 skeins of chunky weight Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande, and the alpaca can live on someone else's head, thankyouverymuch. I proooobably have something acceptable in the stash, but haven't planned that far ahead. Any thoughts, recommended yarns or otherwise?

Posted by Kathy on December 10, 2008 07:25 PM

Comments

my lord, i MUST own this book! i've been eyeing the sideways grande hat for a while, but that other one is ab-fab, too!

Thanks for the shout-out. :) I am so sad that you can't use the Plymouth alpaca cause it really is so scrumptious... you need something lofty definitely for this hat, want it to be squishy!

I really want to make the other one too- have the yarn for it and everything.

Sorry that I missed chatting with you guys more on Sunday! Hope to see you soon!

Cute. And you are right: they'll both look great on you.

I used Rowan Cocoon for my Sideways Grande, but I think I'll be making another. I'm finding it to be itchy when I wear it too long. I think I'll be using Classic Elite's Ariosa this time. I just made a hat with it and it is the softest, lightest, wool (with a little cashmere!) ever.

I made that hat as well - out of Misti Alpaca Chunky - check it out - my ravelry ID is manhattanmarg.

It was a very satisfying and simple knit - the recipient will hopefully love it!

Very lovely!

I just made the Sideways Grande Hat myself and subbed Lang Zoom. It is a wool/cotton/nylon blend. The hat turned out super cute. I love the patterns from that book!

Wow, love the Sideways Grande Hat! I might just have to buy the book for that one hat.

I bought that book solely for those two hats! Soon...

Have you seen the Fish Hat on Knitty this month? I'm thinking of doing one, though I don't know anyone who I think would wear it. lol

I would love to see you rock the turkey hat! :-)

How about the plucked chicken hat? http://alohamedia.net/sarah/hats/chicken-viking/ :D

Oh yes, you need a turkey hat. Everyone needs a turkey hat.

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