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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.