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.)
Anyway, I’m playing yarn chicken with this dark teal and black. I don’t have a scale to figure out how much yarn I actually have so this will be a challenge for sure!
Knowing that there is more black than teal, I decided to divide the headband part into two colors. The black will be the inside and outer edge that frames the face and the teal will be the outside.
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.
Loving these colors!
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.
Mr. Aitch (reluctantly) modeled for me. He will find this under the Christmas tree next month.
The doubled headband was easy to knit and will really keep the ears warm.