Sunday, December 25, 2011

Frolicking Deer Hat

Merry Christmas, Everyone! The following is on of the silliest knitting projects I have every made, and I'm sure that Andy is going to love it.

The frolicking deer hat is designed as a double width hat, and is pretty huge, both in length and width. I only knit one layer, one “frolicking” deer and two normal deer (using only 3/4 of the total stitches - 108.) I also altered the bordering charts (removing over 10 rows) to make them shorter, and shorten the final decreases on top.

I cut and paste the charts together to help make what I needed to finish the hat. Since I had fewer stitches, I had to modify the decreases, too.

Even with the modifications I made to the chart, I still was very concerned that the hat was going to be too large. I kept comparing it to a hat I made for Keith's brother (will be published at the end of this month.)

Since there was no ribbing in the brim, it curled a bit. I basted it closed with some yarn and then wet the hat to block it. Problem solved!

I had to cover the hat while it was blocking so Indy wouldn't think it was a toy for him!

I knit this Reindeer hat on size 7 knitting needles with KnitPicks Wool of the Andes yarn. I used 44g of Evergreen (MC) and 25 g of Cloud (CC).

Once again, I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!