My blog gave to me, the big reveal.
I know I missed the twelfth day of Christmas, but there was too much revelry followed by too much exhaustion to post. So although this is one day late, I still have a treat for you...Christmas knitting.
There has been a lot of hullabaloo lately about this hat from the Golden Compass. I thought it would look so sweet on my niece. I think I was right.
I based the hat on this pattern, but made some adjustments. I added some short-row shaping halfway through to give it a little more shape and I did the three-needle bind off so the ridge was on the outside of the hat. Also, I just braided up the ties, I just liked that look better than an i-cord or a twisted cord.
This hat in total took me about 2 hours to complete. I guess the hardest part of this project was finding the right yarns to use. I just decided on a combination of Debbie Bliss' Donegal Chunky Tweed in 292113, Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande in 100, and Lang Yarn's Mohair Luxe in 0068. Using this combo, I doubled up the Chunky Tweed and knit it together with one strand of the alpaca and the mohair. This made the gauge about 1.5 stitches to the inch.
Here are the stats in detail...
Pattern: Lyra's Hat from the Golden Compass
Source: Based on this pattern from Froggie Meanie
Yarn: Debbie Bliss' Donegal Chunky Tweed in 292113, Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande in 100, and Lang Yarn's Mohair Luxe in 0068
Made for: My 4-year old niece
Needle Size: US 17 straights
Date Started: December 23, 2007
Date Completed: December 24, 2007
I am really happy with the result. I think this hat looks pretty darn adorable on my niece and it looks close to the one in the movie. A perfect knit for Christmas.
Next blog post...more Christmas knitting revealed.