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auburnchick
09-20-2008, 12:56 AM
Another finished project!

This one is for me. :angelgrin:

A long time ago, I fell in love with the Koolhaas Hat. You can purchase the pattern here (http://shop.interweave.com/Koolhaas-Hat-P211C36.aspx).

Then, I received a gift certificate for Kaleidoscope Yarns (http://www.kyarns.com/) and went in search of something nice to buy.

I bought two skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. The color is "Peapod," #141. You can read about the yarn here (http://www.kyarns.com/blue-sky-alpaca-silk-blend-sport-weight-yarn.html#). Oh man, is it soft! Here's a picture of the pre-knit up yarn:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3260/2639221305_a1e2300302.jpg

I went hunting for patterns on Ravelry before I bought the yarn and saw that someone had used it to make the Koolhaas Hat.

Bingo! The perfect match!

So, like the other person, I doubled the yarn (hence my purchase of two skeins) and cast on this project on 9/13...finishing tonight (9/19). I used up 85g of my yarn (each skein is 50g).

Getting started was a challenge because I didn't have DPNs that were the right size, nor the 16" cable. However, I decided to use Magic Loop. The pattern works absolutely fine done this way. Whew!

The pattern is not hard, if you are comfortable doing cable work. However, the slickness of the yarn made it impossible to do the cables without cable needles. What a chore! :wall:

I persevered and am really glad I did. The top of the hat, IMHO, is gorgeous! This pattern is smartly written, despite my aggravation with the cables.

I'm pleased because although I didn't do a gauge swatch :rofl:, the hat came out the perfect size for me, proving there's a first time for everything. :woot:

On to the pictures!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/2871143843_4972592ed0.jpg


The yarn is actually a darker color. Maybe a sage color? The next picture was taken with the flash on. I tried to fix it, but oh well.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/2871975706_63781f7182.jpg

And a view of the top...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3071/2871975340_861ae9526e.jpg

Thanks for looking!

ritaw
09-20-2008, 02:36 AM
It looks beautiful Nathalie :) I really like the pattern and the colour is really nice. It will keep you nice and warm and cosy when the weather changes :)

sue in canada
09-20-2008, 08:27 AM
Looks great. Was the pattern easy to follow?

Slim
09-20-2008, 08:52 AM
What a beautiful, beautiful hat! It's perfect in every way. I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing it.

Mystery_Gyrl
09-20-2008, 09:33 AM
Aces, auburnchick. :thumbsup: I have to keep starting that pattern over and over and over ...
Katrina

GinnyG
09-20-2008, 09:42 AM
Excellant job! Love the hat. May just have to get the pattern:happydance:

auburnchick
09-20-2008, 10:03 AM
Looks great. Was the pattern easy to follow?

Yes, I thought so. The directions are clearly written. You just have to trust them...that it will work out. You also get to a point where you can tell what stitches you need to do and if you've made a mistake.

Good luck!

nannaknits
09-20-2008, 01:29 PM
WOW! That is so pretty. I really like the color of your yarn. It is a perfect match for the hat. :heart:

Dimpledapple
09-20-2008, 04:13 PM
Beautiful hat! :cheering:

Knit4Fun
09-20-2008, 06:55 PM
Looks gorgeous!!! :yay:

mks22300
09-21-2008, 01:00 AM
Beautiful! :)

GirlChris
09-22-2008, 02:23 PM
I love the color and the details, it looks great.

PurlyGyrl
09-22-2008, 03:25 PM
:thumbsup: Beautiful! Love the color.

MerigoldinWA
09-23-2008, 02:47 PM
I love your hat. Thanks for the story of how it came into being. Green is my favorite right now. :-)

I'm pleased because although I didn't do a gauge swatch , the hat came out the perfect size for me, proving there's a first time for everything. LOL

Hygiene Mama
09-23-2008, 09:27 PM
THAT IS BEAUTIFUL! :muah:

bethany
09-23-2008, 10:18 PM
oooh beautiful! I want...

ArtLady1981
09-24-2008, 03:30 AM
Ooooooo Ahhhhhhh! Very beautiful! Love your excellent work...and LOVE the color of the yarn!

dustinac
09-24-2008, 08:18 PM
:inlove: that is so pretty, I love that color!

KnittingNat
09-26-2008, 05:10 PM
I really love it:inlove:. The pattern is lovely, my favorite color and i think it fits wonderfully with your hair color!

mrsdavis86
11-21-2011, 10:55 PM
Your hat is gorgeous. I just made one (alas, out of cheap yarn). . .it is my very first hat! I agree with you that the top is gorgeous. I really had to take the plunge of faith to choose this for my first hat, but it worked (after much frogging and questioning my sanity). I'm new to this forum as of this evening; I look forward to reading, learning, and eventually contributing!

justplaincharlotte
11-22-2011, 02:16 AM
Really gorgeous! :thumbsup:

auburnchick
11-26-2011, 10:12 PM
Your hat is gorgeous. I just made one (alas, out of cheap yarn). . .it is my very first hat! I agree with you that the top is gorgeous. I really had to take the plunge of faith to choose this for my first hat, but it worked (after much frogging and questioning my sanity). I'm new to this forum as of this evening; I look forward to reading, learning, and eventually contributing!

Wow! You made this as your first hat? I am impressed!

Welcome to KnittingHelp. I've made lifelong friends here. This is a very warm, friendly place. You're going to love it here!

:hug:

cheley
11-27-2011, 09:49 AM
Wow! You made this as your first hat? I am impressed!

Welcome to KnittingHelp. I've made lifelong friends here. This is a very warm, friendly place. You're going to love it here!

:hug: Wow amazing! very beautiful...I love cables..and I had to giggle when you said " I had to use a cable needle"..I am a long time knitter and I have always used a cable needle so for a beginner who doesn't usually use a cable needle how awesome!!!! Beautiful work..well done:thumbsup:

simplicity
11-27-2011, 02:30 PM
Beautiful hat, yarn and color! :)

dreamsherl
11-27-2011, 11:31 PM
Yes, I thought so. The directions are clearly written. You just have to trust them...that it will work out. You also get to a point where you can tell what stitches you need to do and if you've made a mistake.

Good luck!

I love your Koolhaas. Your color choice is a fave of mine. I do agree with you "The directions are clearly written. You just have to trust them...that it will work out." When I allowed myself to trust the directions, everything came out perfectly.

auburnchick
11-30-2011, 10:06 PM
Wow amazing! very beautiful...I love cables..and I had to giggle when you said " I had to use a cable needle"..I am a long time knitter and I have always used a cable needle so for a beginner who doesn't usually use a cable needle how awesome!!!! Beautiful work..well done:thumbsup:

I'm laughing at your comments about MY comments. I made that hat three years ago. I'm a much more experienced knitter now. Isn't it interesting to go back and see how far we've traveled?