Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dan's BC Hat

I love knitting hats. They are a great project to use to experiment with different techniques. It was a lot of fun to search through different hat patterns using worsted weight yarn as Keith and I attempted to find a hat pattern for everyone on our Christmas list.

Dan has many associations with Boston College. I forget how many of the BC associated schools he attended, but it has been part of his life from childhood- college. I do know that Dan goes to many BC football games, and that the weather can get quite chilly in Massachusetts. Therefore I wanted to make him a hat that would celebrate BC.

I used KnitPick Wool of the Andes (worsted weight) in currant and daffodil; 32 g and 18 grams were consumed of the maroon and gold, respectively. I used size 6 knitting needles. I selected the Turn a Square hat pattern which is a great variation of a striped skullcap. Looking down at the top of the hat, you will see squares rather than circles.

I knit 7 rows of the K2, P2 ribbing. I started the decreases after the 6th gold stripe (the first maroon row after that was the setting up the markers round.)

I was reading about the joggless stripe technique when I had a revelation. All I am doing is making a K1B stitch under the first stitch of the new color. Sure, this still moves the "seam" (or beginning of the round) in a diagonal, but it is nearly invisible!

Showing how the start of the round shifted in a diagonally.

This was a really fun project. I would love to make this hat again with variegated yarns.