Friday, March 02, 2007

Finally Finished Friday

We Call This ... Finally Finished!
I'm also thrilled because this counts towards STRANDED, The Colorwork Challenge KAL.

Pattern: We Call Them Pirates
Pattern Source: Hello Yarn
Yarn: KnitPicks Andean Silk (pitch & cream colorways) and Elann Sonata (color 8176)
Needles: (2) Knitpicks Classic Circular size 3 US and (2) Addi Turbo size 1 US
Notes: In the future I will knit a gauge swatch in the pattern stitch since this hat fits a small child & not a mans head as originally intended. I used the two circulars method to knit the entire hat. The yarn is soooo sooo soft and I would most definitely knit with it again, unless I find something just as nice for the price. The pattern was fun, very well written, and fairly easy to follow.

I have a question though for those of you who have knit items with linings in them. Why do you have to knit the lining last? Why couldn't I have cast-on the lining section & then knit the hat section? Anyone? Anyone? I really am looking for an honest answer here otherwise I'm going to try knitting the lining first and then if it fails miserably .. I'll know who to blame. (umm.. myself)

15 comments:

Karen said...

Very cool!!! Looks great. :) Ummm, I know nothing about stranded knitting or linings. Sorry.

Lynda said...

Very cool hat. Kaity's knitting a hat right now, where you start knitting with the lining, on smaller needles, do a purled turning row, then switch to the regular size needles and start on the actual hat part, then knit the lining to the hat when they are of equal size... make any sense? You can ask her. It looks very cool.

Micki said...

I love the hat! (This is coming from someone who has quietly dropped out of the Stranded KAL, at least for now.)

I can't think of a reason why you couldn't knit the lining first. The generic hat pattern in The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns gives directions for knitting a hemmed edge by knitting the lining first. It seems odd to me too that so many hat patterns direct knitters to knit the lining last.

Cyndi said...

Cute! Too bad it is a bit small. If you do knit a gauge swatch for colorwork, be sure to knit it in the round, or simulate knitting in the round (knit ~20 st, slide work to other end of circ needle, wrap yarn across back of knitting), because your gauge could be different in the round.

I agree that the lining could be knit first, just like Lynda said.

Laura said...

The hat looks marvelous! Bummer about the size, though. I've never knit a hat, but I don't see why you couldn't start with the lining, then knit towards the crown. I mean, socks can be knit top down or toe up, why not hats?

abby said...

I followed Ann Budd's instructions on making the lining bit first too, and it works just fine. If you can do colorwork this well, I have a feeling that lace knitting will be a total breeze for you!

Julie said...

Great looking hat!

Amber said...

You did a beautiful job! Your stitches are so neat and even.

I don't see any reason why you couldn't knit the lining first -- wish I'd thought of that when I knit this hat.

HPNY Knits said...

nice work.

jillian said...

Cuttttte hat!! Great colorwork. As to the lining...I've only knit headbands and a that little cardi with turned hems, no hats, but in these cases, the hem was knit along with the item (starting or ending) on smaller needles with a purl row to turn.

Yarn It said...

I wondered the same thing about the lining because it was a huge pain to move the stitches from the waste yarn to the needles. If you read Brooklyntweeds blog, he has a hat pattern on there and he knit the lining first. You can totally do it. I would the nest time.

The hat looks great! I followed the pattern and used the needles required and ended up with a child sized hat but that is what I wanted. I had emailed the author of the pattern ahead of time and she told me to try the pattern as written because most new stranders end up with a child sized hat. Crazy.

Dipsy said...

Wow, this hat looks totally awesome, what a really cool pattern! And I'm absolutely impressed by your colourwork, it's beautiful, so neat and evenly done!
I'm sorry that I'm of not much help concerning the linings, never did that before ;( But it was interesting reading through the other comments talking about this as I'm well aware that I'll have to tackle that one day as well!

Brena said...

That looks amazing! I'm scared of stranded colorwork, so I can't help out with the questions. Wish I could be more help!

Cathy said...

Since I am stranded knitting moron, I have to say that I can't help with the question - but... It came out fantastic!!!!!!!

flutter said...

Look how awesome! Nice work, girly