Sunday, February 1, 2009

Custom Alpaca Hat




Sara from northern Illinois liked the pattern on this brown hat and asked me if I could make her one in grays. Of course, says I, frantically trying to remember what I did. I seldom do the same thing twice and don't write it down. Fortunately the hat hadn't sold so I was able to look at it. Super easy - Cast on about 75 on size 4 needles, knit for a while, switch colors and to a size 7 needle. Knit for 5 rows and then 1 row of purl . Repeat until desired height. Do some decreasing then yarn overs every 4 or 5 stitches to make holes for the tie. Knit garter stitch for a couple more inches and bind off. Make an I Cord to match the border.
Unfortunately I didn't have any gray yarn so I spun up a couple ounces from Reggie, a herd sire owned by Sharon Winsauer and the Kuklas in Jackson. That's the handsome guy pictured above. I also spun about an ounce that I added black to as I spun for the trim on the hat.
So, this is what I came up with. I will go list it in my shop now and send Sara a note that it is finished.
It's here if you want to see it in my Etsy shop - just click →. PonyTail/BigHair Hat







9 comments:

Mulchandmore said...

Such beautiful knitting and fiber. I just love all the cria and alpaca pictures.

Margaret said...

Gorgeous hat, and that's with a capital 'G'! Love the gray, and love what you did with the border in black. Well done!

And, yeah, who remembers to take notes. I do that with cooking too. Who knows how I made it. ;) lol

Carol said...

Maple....you make such neat hats!

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

Love the hat, what a great idea!! Always love the Alpaca pictures, specially of the little guy in his coats and I am so happy he is growing on the special mixture you are feeding him. Great job!!

Debbie said...

I love this hat, I made a similar one for myself last year as I always seem to have my hair tied up these days! The grey boy looks fantastic.

Michele / akkasha said...

The hat looks wonderful. You create such beautiful work!

Alpaca Farmgirl said...

Love the hat! How creative and fun for young girls. Thanks for sharing.

Gina - RoseThistleArtworks said...

I love this hat! Thanks for sharing how to make it. I'm going to give it a try. Is that Gunny's fiber? I love the cool grey color.

Terry said...

I LOVE alpacas!

Map