I know, I know, it’s sew been done (sorry, couldn’t resist). But I have three very good reasons to be excited. Drumroll, please…
This design was actually inspired by a vintage doily (circa the 1940s) that I really liked the concept of but hated the execution. So I decided to take the concept and adapt it for a hat. Caput Helianthus (literally “sunflower crown”) is the result. To keep it interesting (okay, I got bored), I created two versions – an 8-petal and a 16-petal version, just because. It’s knit with just 150 – 175 yards of fingering weight yarn (I used one skein each of Staccato for both samples) and is a great stash-buster.
I feel I should warn you, however, because it IS addictive. Opus and I have each knit three of these hats and are both considering a fourth (I’m thinking cashmere for mine!). There’s something magical about how quick it knits up, I guess. Anyway, here are the details:
GAUGE: 28 sts & 32 rnds = 4”/ 10 cm in Stockinette st
- Approximately 150 yards/ 135 meters fingering weight yarn. Sample shown: Shibui Knits Staccato (191 y/ 175 m per 1.75 oz/ 50g skein), 1 skein each, shown in “Dijon” and “Redwood”.
- One 16-inch US 2.5/ 3.00mm circular needle
- 8 Stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
The one thing about the pattern that made me sad was that I had so many amazing pictures to use and so little space :( One of my favorites that didn’t make the cut is still a winner to me:
It’s just so quaint.
The SECOND item on my “sew excited” list? Well, I finally got a sewing machine of my own!
Oh, yes, it’s mine and mine alone. I’m already plotting. Look forward to many sewing related posts in the future :) The first will probably be with a sneak peek at my new studio space (still in the, ah, development stages). I’m hoping to get a sewing area set up this weekend and break my new toy in a bit.
Should be fun.
This is my 1,200th post! Can you believe it? I certainly didn’t. When did we get past 1,000? 200 posts ago, I guess. Of course, the blog will be 6 years old in October (that’s actually older than my niece, T), so I’m not exactly a chatterbox. Okay, maybe a little, since that averages out to around 200 posts per year.