Pattern: Quincy by Jared Flood
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 8 ply
Needles: Knitpicks options size 10.5
The weather turned cold here and I was struck by the urge to whip up a hat. It took me two evenings in front of the teevee to knit it up.
You know, I was really skeptical initially about using a size 10.5. But I think what happened is that I work so frequently with such lightweight yarn and wee needles that bulky yarn seemed small and the 10.5s seemed enormous. But it worked out, just about perfect. Even though I didn't swatch. Because it's a hat. Fate was on my side... this time.
The pattern is excellent. The construction is clever. You knit a strip in garter with built in i-cord edges, graft it together as a mobiusm then pick up stitches from the i-cord edging and decrease. It took me a while to wrap my brain around the construction, particularly picking up the stitches, but eventually I got it. It's nifty.
The yarn is... well, the yarn is fabulous. I was practically giggling while knitting with it because it is soft and scrumptious and amazing. I got it for a steal on clearance. And I have more! A thought which makes me nearly giddy.
The only problem is that my ability to graft could really use some improvement. It really shows up at this gauge.