Saturday, August 15, 2009

Long live the Queen!

This has been my first attempt at intarsia, and I have to say that it is not as difficult as I thought it would be. The problem that I have with this technique is that all of the strands that you're carrying get hopelessly tangled in back of your work. (Maybe getting yarn bobbins would help with this problem...) With 13 different balls of yarn, that makes a lot of ends to weave in. (Does anyone enjoy weaving ends in?)

I had a few complaints about the pattern itself (found in Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects by Alyce Benevides and Jaqueline Milles; see my review): The authors claim that this hat is "felted" but it is really only lightly felted (if at all). If you were to place this item through a whole wash cycle in your washing machine, it would come out fitting a child. The small, medium and large hats all have the same number of sts, they just have you change the guage. If you consider this hat to be more of a novelty gift, rather than a functional winter hat, then I feel better about the whole project. I would just use some caution when following patterns in this book.

I am thrilled with the way the hat came out. The mohawk stayed up with only light blocking. I think that the woman I knit the hat for will really love it, and really, that is all that matters. I think this is the most unique project I have ever completed. I had a lot of fun making this hat.