A face through a window
This is the beautiful yarn that the Secret Knitter sent me for Christmas. And after making this soft, warm, totally stylin’ hat, I still have almost half the ball left.
While I had a little frogging incident after the first repeat of the lace pattern — the stitch count wasn’t coming out right — I overcame my fear of ripping, courageously unraveled the thing down to the garter stitch brim, and picked it back up on the needles. Because I couldn’t exactly tell how the yarnovers were supposed to be positioned, I did them from back to front over the needles on the first lace panel and the normal way on the second one … can’t tell the difference, and the normal way is a lot easier to knit into on the next round.
I have only myself to blame, since I didn’t check my gauge, but this is a closer fit than I anticipated. I would make the brim wider or do extra lace repeats to make it a little taller, if I were starting over.
Yet I love it so. Soft, a beautiful undulating blue, warm, and look at that stitch pattern definition. I believe I enjoy the single ply worsteds as much as any yarn I’ve worked with — their soft, untwisted fuzziness is like wearing a cloud. Walking home from the gym this afternoon wearing it, I had a sudden vision of a matching scarf, using the same stitch pattern and narrow garter stitch strips, maybe in a related colorway. I have other plans for my remaining half a skein of Malabrigo, but this is a yarn I’ll be buying for myself, no question. I’ve fallen for it utterly.
And since an Amanda Hat Knitalong started the same day I finished the hat — this is the quickest KAL I imagine I’ll ever participate in. One and done!