#1 of 52 Weekly Projects Completed

Well, it took more time than I thought, but I finally finished!  I’m still in the early learning stages of knitting, and am not nearly as comfortable doing that as I am crochet, but I really wanted to do a pretty hat for my girls.

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This is the Little Fair Isle Hat From Purl Bee.

I used a cream colored Alpaca yarn with a multicolored sock yarn for this hat.  I really like how it came out.  It’s a pretty simple pattern, especially for a pattern with multiple colors.  This is a picture of my 8 year old wearing it just after I finished.  I still needed to block the hat.

I washed the hat by hand in the sink, and wow, the alpaca was dirty!  I thought it would be since there was a bit of hay and grass in the yarn that I had to pick out as I went.  Once I rinsed the hat and removed the excess water, I placed it on my glass mannequin head, shaped it, and it will stay there until it’s completely dried.

Now, I followed the pattern exactly.  I would change a couple things about this next time around…

  • I would pick a slightly larger yarn.  It would fill out the stitches better for a more solid look.
  • The colored yarn would be more tonal, meaning all one color, but in different shades, rather than the multiple colors.
  • I need better stitch markers.  I used ones that were a bit too big, and I was always afraid that I would break one while moving the stitches around.

Not too bad.  I hope to keep up with my “resolution” to finish 52 projects this year.

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