Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I have been wearing it non-stop since I finished, and even got a chance to see how it did in the snow. It was perfect!
I didn't block it, because I actually liked it a little better as a beanie than the beret it should block too. After reading several comments about this pattern on Raverly, I decided to make some modifications of my own. Here is what I did.
I cast on 96, and then increased to 130 sts. I omitted the color change on the brim (for no particular reason other than I liked it all gray), I used size 6US needles for the brim and then switched to size 8US needles for the body of the hat. I also repeated rows 16-19 twice, to give a little more length to the hat (I'm really glad I did this, it makes the hat less squishy on my head, and if I choose to later on it will block perfectly). And I repeated first row of CC on decreases to get to correct amount of stitches in the end.
The yarn I used for this is Aslan Trends, Royal Alpaca, and I must say...I AM IN LOVE! This yarn is a dream to knit with. So so so very soft, very warm, lovely stitch definition, and comes in a great variety of colors. I even have enough left over that I am thinking of making some mittens or maybe a cowl. Overall - Another successful project!
Pattern: Opus Spicatum by Kelbourne Wollens
Yarn: Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca in Grey and Curry
Needles: US6 (brim) and US8 (body), US 8 DPNS
Date Started: December 15, 2010
Date Finished: December 23, 2010