Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Corkscrew Toque (that's Canadian)
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I am on a hat-making binge. I have enough socks, altho some are starting to get a bit thin in the heel or toe, so I may revert to socks in the near future. But for now, I am partial to hats, knit in the round and with the idea of using up scraps or leftovers stash yarn. This yarn was a disappointment, dye-wise, but I love the yarn itself. Opal 6-ply with the Hundertwasser label.

I bought it when I was teaching in St. Moritz in 2007, made the socks while I was there and since it is a skein of 467 yards (!!) I had lots of yardage left.

I was hoping to do an all mitered squares hat, but the coloration didn't play up the design well, so I switched to simpler faster stitch patterns. A row of miters, followed by 3 rows of purl and then three rows of knit with popcorns every five or six stitches, and then more purl. After that double seed stitch. Even that looks like a mush-mosh-mess.
I decreased to finish and then left with an uneven three stitches (?) I decided to add a corkscrew.
Here's how: Cable cast on a lot of stitches....I didn't count. More than 50 I think. Then increase 3 (k,p,k) into each stinkin' stitch. Turn and knit the whole thing and then bind off loosely (they always say that) and watch the corkscrew happen! So fun. I am putting two more on this hat before I call it finished.
Today is the first meeting of the knit group at the quilt shop. I am going. I hope the weather doesn't prevent others from venturing out. It has snowed for two days and nights and now we have almost an inch on the ground. Heavens!

11 comments:

  1. I love that hat! These yarns are very nice for embroidery, if split in two threads. The slight change of colour gives the embroidery a vintage look.
    http://www.allerlei-kuenste.de/galerie/sticken/nelken1.html

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  2. You said 'toque' and 'snow' in the same blog entry. I feel very at home here. ;-)

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  3. I should learn how to make socks and hats, they look so cool when you do them. I can knit... sort of. I taught myself but I have no idea what stitches are named and no idea what a pattern is trying to tell me. I must learn. I would love to wear socks that are as cool as those!

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  4. Gee...is that toque for me?? Your favourite Canadian??

    Eh? (though we don't end our sentences with "eh" in Nova Scotia....everything just ends up sounding like a question....)

    teri(?)

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  5. I like the way it knit up. You will look very "jaunty" at your knit meet up with your new hats!

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  6. Hundertwasser would have loved the hat. Be sure when you wear it you wear it a little crooked!
    Love the corkscrew tassel. I'll have to find a place to used that idea!
    K

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  7. PS I read your escape hatch binding and I can't wait to try it!

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  8. Liz in IN7:11 AM

    Love the Hundertwasser-inspired Opal. Didn't know they came in the 6-ply weight, though! Will have to investigate that.

    Nothing like a nice toque, eh?

    (Another ex-pat Canadian)

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  9. carol fun3:19 PM

    i love the hat - at this very moment i am sitting here knitting socks with this exact same yarn!! i'll have to see how much i have left after i get the second sock done - cute cute hat -- thanks for the inspiration --

    carol fun

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  10. Anonymous5:45 PM

    I like your hat. Can you offer a pattern for the hat? or give some instructions online so we can see how to make it>

    thanks mary p

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  11. Anonymous11:31 AM

    Do you have a pattern for your hat? Love it!

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