So, there still hasn’t been a whole lot going on around here. My life has been fairly quiet – which is the way I like it. But, I do realize that I’ve completed a few projects since my last post. I will create a new post for each project.
The hat that I mentioned that I was making, I finished on February 18th. It is the River Fire hat by Varian Brandon. It took me almost two months to finish.
I used Red Heart Yarn’s Anne Geddes Baby Solids in the colors Bluebell and Daffodil. I was wanting to use the blue and a white color, but when I went back to the store they had no more white in that brand – just the yellow.
I used my 3.5mm knook to knit this hat, using the stranded technique. I used the first method described – making the ear flaps first.
I knew that I didn’t want to make i-cord for the ties. So, I used this video to learn how to make the braids for the hat.
This was my first time using the i-cord bind off and I really like it a lot. I can see why it’s such a popular bind off for sweaters.
I added this photo so that you could (hopefully) see the pattern a little better. I made a mistake on the first row of the scroll pattern, at the bottom. I was quite a ways in before realizing the mistake happened – I didn’t feel like ripping it all back to redo it.
The hat is a bit big, but that’s okay because I don’t like tight things around my head. The fact that it’s a long hat means that it’s slouchy. The fold-over helps keep it where it should be on my head. The ear flaps are a little too big and come quite far down my neck, but I really prefer that to them being too small.
Because it’s a stranded-knit hat, it is double thick. Nice and warm. I wore it several times during the winter.
There was an error in chart 7. Row 3, stitches 18 and 19 should be filled in squares.
I really enjoyed making this hat. It is a beautiful pattern. Naturally, when working in the round there is a jog. But, the tassel hangs down to the bottom of the hat and hides this feature nicely.
If you are looking for a fun, unique hat to wear yourself or make as a gift, do make this hat.