After the pre-holiday mitten and mitt marathon, it’s been hats all around in January.
I can’t decide if this hat was more fun to make than to wear … the alpaca yarn (Misti International Misti Alpaca Hand Dyed Worsted, worked on US 4/3.5 mm needles) is unbelievably silky and soft, so knitting it was continuous pleasure, and challenge (to keep on the needles). I modified the Drops pattern, Basque Hat with wavy pattern, a lovely feather and fan design, to make the hat a bit wider: I added an extra set of increases, then decreased rather more rapidly.
We always seem to be flirting with sock monkey mania in our family. After starting, and frogging, a pair of sock monkey convertible cycling mitts for one son, I found my way to a bit of quick monkey business: a hat (my pattern) based on the cable from Knitty’s infamous Monkey socks by Cookie A. This was a quick knit with a skein of Courtelle Chunky Ragg Yarn and Size 10 (6.0 mm) needles dpns.
I’ve long wanted a Russian-style Persian lamb hat, and finally found the right yarn for it (Lana Grossa Cucito) at a price (discount) I could afford. A Papakha is the traditional Russian fur-brimmed, cloth-crowned hat (standard fare for military officers). My “Papakha Fur Hat” is loosely based on surveying the basic designs of Russian fur hats (try here for inspiration), drooling over Paula Lishman’s fur yarns, and headband and hat yarns and kits, and the Russian-Style Hat in Runway Knits (here’s a close cousin.
I used Lana Grossa Cucito for the “fur” (Karabella Fur runs $17/yard!) and and Paton’s Classic Wool – the Cucito is a bulky, Persian lamb-style yarn, made of merino wool, but Lion Brand Homespun (acrylic) would also work, doubled, and US 9 (5.5 mm) and 13 (9.0 mm) dpns. It’s been hard to take it off since tying the (inauthentic) topknot at the breakfast table a few mornings ago.
Mittens and gloves haven’t been forgotten entirely, though.
With these “Opposing Targets” (Target Wave Mittens, from Knitting Nature), worked in the round, I managed to use most of the yarn left from the first pair of Target Waves made earlier in the season as a holiday gift.
I also managed to finish a pair of fingerless mitts for myself (finally!).
These “Slashed Doublet Mitts” were inspired by a long-standing interest in medieval and Renaissance illuminations and costume. The “slashed” texture of pattern stitch is basically Barbara Walker’s “Jewel Cross-Rib”, Treasury #1, p. 27 (called Cross-Stitch Block pattern and Swish with a Twist by others); how the stitch reminds me of the design of Renaissance slashed sleeves and doublets). The variegated Koigu PPM goes nicely with my Noro striped scarf.