contributed by Shawn
I had a very surprising request for a new hat a couple of weeks ago. I offered to make a hat for Jordan long ago but he just wasn't ready to let go of his trusty old watch cap. Jordan lives in his watch cap - those of us who know him hardly recognize him without it. The old hat has been around for years. There are frayed ends coming out of it and a hole in one side where a dog got hold of it a while ago. But there is no replacing something like that until you are really ready to let go so despite intervention attempts, the old hat stayed.
So I was VERY surprised when he asked me if he was going to get a new hat soon. He assured me he was ready for a new one. I struggled for a while on how to create a color combination that would remind him (and everyone else!) of the old hat. I realized after looking around the shop that I was going to need to combine some different colors to get what I was looking for. I also wanted something nice and soft but warm that would be comfy to live in.
After a lot of thought, I decided that a "color fade" project would work the best. I picked out 3 different colors of the Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool. This soft blend of wool and silk is available in a wonderful range of earthy colored tweeds. Perfect gentleman colors! I created an appropriate sized watch cap from the measurements available in my Ann Norling Head Huggers pattern and chose a 3x1 ribbing pattern so the hat would be reversible.
|Hat with no brim - remember - this mannequin head is tiny and has no hair!|
I lengthened the hat so that it could be worn with the bottom folded up or down.
|Hat with brim rolled up|
The color fade was accomplished by knitting with two strands of the DK yarn held together. For the bottom 1x1 ribbed section I held two strands of the Dark Oak color together. Then I changed to my 3x1 rib pattern and held one strand of Dark Oak with one strand of Bronzed Green. After 10-12 rows I switched out colors again and used two strands of Bronzed Green. After another 10-12 rows I made a transition using one strand of Bronzed Green and one strand of Granite. I finished off the top of the hat with the decreases and using two strands of Granite together.
|Beautiful color fade|
Folks who saw this hat being made loved the colors. It is quite handsome! I gave it to Jordan and he was quite taken with it. He actually took the old hat off and I caught him taking photos of himself in the new one with his phone later in the evening - I don't think he realized anyone saw that!