Monday, February 18, 2008

Finished the Stranded Hat!

This hat is my first experience with stranded knitting (which is knitting with two or more colors, and carrying the strands along inside the work when not in use). KF said I did really well with keeping my tension even (the biggest concern with stranding, as too tight will make puckers, and too loose will snag). Here it is from the inside. See my pretty stranding!


And here is the outside. I figure that's the part you actually came to see...

I had found several patterns online, but ended up deciding to design my own, because I wanted to feature both colors more evenly. I also hope to be able to sell the hat, and most free online patterns are copyrighted. Now that I have a pattern as well as a hat, I am thinking of selling the pattern too! I need to make it again, make sure I don't have any kinks in it, and then I think KF is going to give it a try, and see how well another person can follow my pattern...but assuming all goes well, it'll be going up for sale in my store in the not too distant future! Yay! (I am thinking of adapting it slightly--expanding the purple section at the top so that it's a little more prominant, more equally balancing the grey at the bottom...thoughts?)


***NEWSFLASH***
I have decided what the prize is for my who-reads-my-blog drawing! I love
etsy, and wholeheartedly believe in supporting handmade cottage industry etc, SO, the prize is a 'gift certificate' to etsy. I know, there isn't really such a thing, but the way it works is I grant you a dollar amount, you browse around and let me know what you want from there, and I will buy it and have it shipped to you! You can buy from ANY etsy store you like! I decided this was more practical than choosing an item myself, because my readership is pretty varied, and I don't think any one thing would appeal to everyone...


4 comments:

amanda said...

I love the pattern! It looks so neat.

alisaterry said...

Ooooooo.....aaaaahhh.....!

Mae said...

Very nice hat! And now that you mention it, more purple at the top would balance it nicely.

By the way, I should custom order some stocking hats from you! I LOVE stocking hats and need some more colors to chose from so that I can wear them with a variety of outfits. Let me know when you're ready to start taking orders and I'll email you!

Aren't you proud of me, I'm actually caring about what I wear!!!

RasJane said...

I am waaaay impressed. The inside looks perfect! I am still just too chicken to do stranding. Maybe when the babe is more independent--then I'll be off to buy your pattern.
Oh, and I actually like the colors the way they are--it flows nicely.

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