Big Exciting News!

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Oh, and check this out too:

Photo courtesy of the Thor hat’s recipient, Nasir at The Once and Future Scribe.

Oh, people. That’s a Thor hat. Probably one of the trickiest and certainly one of the most fun things I’ve made to date.

The hat itself was fairly straightforward – it has a turned hem (as a ribbed edge just didn’t say “helmet of a mighty warrior” to me) and a slower-than-usual rate of decreases to form a “spike” at the top. The wingy bits were the real fun, starting as you would for a circular shawl, then moving on to a jillion little short rows to shape the feathers. Worsted weight wool at a fairly tight gauge – and 3 layers of it over the ears – should make this a warm and helmet-like hat for the coming winter.

Pattern: My own.
Yarn: Cascade 220, color 2415, 128 g
Needles: 3.5 mm for the hat, 3.25 mm for the wings
Started: September 18, 2011
Finished: November 15, 2011

Now that it’s finished and gone to its forever home, I miss it a little. I really enjoyed the design process for this – the most design-y sort of thing I’ve done so far, even though I have done a lot of knitting out of my own head rather than from a pattern – so I think I’m going to have a go at writing up the pattern. That means I get to knit another one, since I didn’t do the best job writing down my gauge and dimensions on this one.

In the meantime, there are a few other, far less complicated hats to finish up, a secret surprise to cast on, a decision to be made about Xmas knitting (will she/won’t she?), and I believe I myself might just be due for a little present involving this…

Lorna's Laces Solemate in The Bean.

…and a little Cookie A action.

5 thoughts on “Big Exciting News!

  1. Oh, wow. The Thor hat is lovely! I had assumed it’d be more, hmm, cartoony? Like the little girl’s helmet from “Adventures in Babysitting,” only in yarn. And that would have been fun, too! But this is incredible! Definitely a Thor hat, but understated and elegant. Brava, Miss Randi!

  2. Thank you for the lovely comments, ladies! I had some wiggle room to interpret Thor’s helmet as I wished, and I did consider and discard a few less understated (more stated?) options – possibly involving stuffing and felting – before settling on this. I think I’ll start on the pattern and maybe start a hat in my size over the holiday weekend. I bought plenty of extra yarn – too much, as usual.

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