My knitting goal for 2016, at first glance, seems to be to use up stash. If I ask myself what is the best way to use up stash, I have to answer that, for me, it is by knitting small projects. Projects that take one skein of yarn. Projects that cover the head, neck and/or shoulders. As far as my knitting is concerned, 2016 could be called my 'head and shoulders' year.
I have two hats today to show off. This one is the Frederica Beret
A simple tam with a deep, smocked band. I have never smocked in my life before, so that took a few starts to accomplish.And I can't say that mine looks nearly as good as the pattern model, but not bad for a first attempt. My Frederica was knit with Patons Classic. The only mod was to rip back from the 4 inches of plain knitting above the brim to 3 inches. Once the beret was finished I tried it on and felt it was way too much hat. Rip, rip and I shortened it by one inch and like it much better.
The second hat is Quincy
a Jared Flood pattern that has been in my queue for years. I am glad to have finally knit it. And what an easy knit. Mine done with Kertzer Sable, left over from my Glenora Jacket
knit last fall. Quincy takes only a few hours to knit and produces a very warm hat. The bottom band is knit first, twisted and then joined in a circle. That twist produces a double thickness over half the hat. Cozy.
Two for the head. Maybe necks are next.
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