I might, just maybe, be participating in Blog-vember, which is a stupid name, but any excuse to get myself to post more. Luckily, I have a significant backlog of finished knitwear to show off.
Pattern: From Norway with Love
Yarn: Leftovers and odd balls. Cascade Lano d'oro for the purple. The rest is Cascade 220.
Needles: 8s, I think.
I knit the pattern as written. It turned out a bit on the long side. That's okay, though, because I can turn the ribbing under for extra ear warming.
If memory serves, this hat represents only my second foray into stranded knitting. Considering that, and considering I haven't actually blocked this hat, I think it turned out really well.
I was very careful to keep my floats as loose as seemed reasonable. I've had the tendency to pull them too tight on previous stranded attempts. In some cases, I may have been too liberal with the looseness I allowed, but overall I'm pleased.
I loved this hat when I saw it on Ravelry. And I do love the version I made. It was a fairly quick knit, but I am not yet skilled in stranded knitting. It's certainly a challenge. But this is a good pattern for entry level stranded knitters - the motif is simple and repeats itself. Some of the floats end up being 7 or 9 stitches, but that's the only more challenging aspect of the stranding. Overall, I think this will see a lot of wear during the colder winter months.