Thursday, February 01, 2007
Alpaca Father/Daughter Hat
So, as a result of the chemo, which, by the way, rocks - I mean, it sucks to have to go through it, but thank God we have it - we are expecting my niece's hair to go on sabbatical. She has long dark hair, curlier than mine but just as plentiful.
This is a modified Father/Daughter Hat in a larger gauge than I normally knit it. It's Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande, in the light denim colorway. This yarn is so wonderful to knit - it feels so good as you slide it through your fingers - but I will warn you that it pills. I made several pairs of fingerless mitts from Weekend Knitting out of this yarn, and a lot of little alpaca fibers knocked themselves out having a pill party. But I think a hat will be okay....
Anyway, I was thinking about how cold it would be without your hair, and how tender that skin is. If you've ever sunburned your part, you know what I'm talking about. And that's your part - not your whole head.
So this FDH has a longer ribby part (3"), to fold up a little and cover the neck a bit more. The gauge was 10 sts/3" on size 8 needles, and I cast on 80 sts to start. YMMV, so check your measurements and swatch (In other words, do as I say, and not as I do!).
PS Maybe this is a teenager thing, but notice how Fiona can manage to hide her entire body under a single hat. Or maybe she does have super powers.