I washed the three 1898 hats to try to soften the acrylic yarn and it worked. Sort of.
They are somewhat softer and are good enough.
The green hat stitches evened out so the mess basically disappeared.
I’m trying to use up as much of my non-wool stash as possible so, with the coming of colder weather, I’ve pulled out the pattern for the 1898 hat by Kristine Byrnes. Wools or wool-blends would be ideal for use out on the high seas, however, these will be given to teenagers and with the high percentage of it being misplaced or “borrowed”, I will be using acrylic yarn. Acrylic yarn that made its way into my stash either through friends or relatives. (Hey, you knit, right? Here’s some yarn I don’t want anymore. I’m sure you can use it for something.)
The headband part gets folded in half along a slipped stitch line. Those two edges are secured by picking up stitches from both edges for the crown thus doubling the knitting over the ears to add more warmth.
With the headband finished I have 30 yards of teal and a lot more black to work with on the crown to make some type of striping pattern. Will I have enough teal to complete it?
Another finished project – the 1898 cap is off the needles and ready for gifting.
As you may recall I overdyed some purple yarn with food coloring and vinegar because the color was too bright and I could change it.
I used a bright green one the back part of the headband so the recipient could tell the front from the back. The back is smaller than the front by design but it’s just easier to tell the difference with a bright, visual clue.
Now should I add a pompom to the top?