Baby Hat with Ears

Given the stress of everything [1], including that fact that I still was not finishing any knitting projects [2], I decided to knit something quick and easy.  As I mentioned before, I kneel at the feet of Brooklyn Tweed so I followed his lead and knitted Cisco. Now,  if only my photos were half as good.

Cisco - Speaker Warmer!

Cisco - Speaker Warmer!

Additionally, after all my purchases at Maryland Sheep and Wool, I felt obliged to use some of the yarn…from last year.  So using Jamie Harmon Singles in Natural I made a baby hat.  A  very cute baby hat with ears.

Ears of Cisco

Ears of Cisco

Finished Project

Pattern: Cisco at Berroco

Yarn: Jamie Harmon’s Angora and Merino Singles in Natural and Shepherd Alliance Knitting Yarns’ Mohair/Wool in Teal

Needles: US 4; 3.5 mm

Started: 3rd May 2009

Finished: 6th May 2009

Comments on the pattern

I increased by doing a twisted increase as this is tighter and not so obvious.  I kept only the  middle stitch in stockinette, rather than the middle three as in the pattern.

I edged the whole thing with I-cord.  The attached I-cord was done in two parts, front and back meeting at the ear flaps.  As I provisional cast on for my attached I-cord I was able to pick up 6 stitches at each ear flap (3 from each I-cord) and gradually decrease while knitting the ties.

My attached I-cord was 3 stitches worked k2, ssk where the second slipped stitch was the picked up stitch from the hat’s edge.  This looked a lot tidier than the traditional k2,  k2tog and even nicer than the Meg Swansen’s recommended k1 s1 k2tog psso which looked a bit clumsy in this yarn.

[1] I should be grading exams, not blogging.  At least teaching is over until the fall.  This has been a tough first year.

[2] I still have one more cushion cover to finish. My freestyle vest had to be packed away as the spare bed was required for its main secondary purpose.

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