For the past 3 weeks I have been working incessantly on a sweater to wear to Rhinebeck (aka the New York Sheep and Wool Festival). I have gone several times in the past and love seeing all the beautiful hats, scarves and sweaters that are hand knit. Not to mention all the socks that are hiding under everyone’s boots and shoes.
The first week I was really excited about the sweater and made amazing progress on it. But somewhere in week 2 I started slowing down and I have come to the conclusion that I am just not going to make it. I still have both sleeves, the collar and the button plackets. Even if I stayed up every night from now until then I would not be able to finish the sweater.
But I still wanted something new and knitted for Rhinebeck.
And then the other day I had a brilliant idea. A hat. A hat I can do!
I navigated over to Ravelry right away and starting looking at patterns. I had an idea of what I wanted, but didn’t want to start from scratch. Something slouchy with some texture. Simple, but not basic. I looked for a while and was ready to give up. When I finally found it!
The Ackert Hook Hat by Laura Chau was it - a slouchy hat, mostly in seed stitch with a flower at the center. Perfect.
I ran back to the warehouse to see what I could use to make the hat. I choose Color by Kristin in Aubergine – a color that will go with the multitudes of scarves and shawls I own. I couldn't wait to get home to cast on.
It only took me 2 evenings to make this hat and I love it. I used 2 skeins of yarn on a size 4 needles (I knit on the loose side). It’s a little dark to see the beautiful flower, but I know it’s there and that is what counts! It’s a great fit and I can see myself wearing it with lots of different things.
I did make a few mods. I took out one repeat, as I wanted a slouchy hat, but not too slouchy. And instead of a 1 x 1 rib, I did a 2 x 2.
I am really looking forward to see all of the knitters and crocheters at Rhinebeck and to come back with lots of inspiration for my needles. That’s the best part. Well…except maybe the maple flavored cotton candy.