Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Completed Projects: Two Knitted Baby Hats

Two for Tuesday - two completed projects from the last couple of weeks.

The first hat is similar to the blue hat I recently completed, but I did use a different pattern. You'll see there is colorwork done to make the green part look more like leaves.

Red Berry Hat 1

As always, details on Ravelry.

This was my first ever attempt at colorwork with knitting, beyond the basic color changing. I had a number of twisted stitches to correct as I was trying to carry the yarn behind the color I was working with. I'm not sure if this an issue only for continental knitters or not. I did get the hang of it, but there were a few twisted stitches that made it through (don't look too close and it's fine).

The second hat was completed in record time for me. I started it during my morning commute on a Wednesday and completed it during my commute home the next day.

Multicolored Knit Hat 1

As always, details on Ravelry.

I absolutely LOVE the way this yarn works up. The colors and self-patterning are great. I'm tempted to get another few skeins of this in order to knit up a matching baby sweater.

But first, I must complete some other top-secret projects before my October craft swap. This also means that there probably won't be many (if any) completed project posts put here on the blog since the main readers are members of the swap. Maybe I can get away with a few 'sneak peek' photos?


"C" said...

Two more absolutely adorable hats!!

Melissa B said...

Hi! I'm working on the same Berry Bay Hat from Ravelry. It's also my first project with colorwork. Is it normal to have huge loops in the back where I've carried the lilac yarn for 7 stitches before the green stitch? Any advice to give on prettying this up? Thanks for your advice!

Sam said...

Hi Melissa,

I used a knitting reference book to find out how to carry and secure the yarn so those big loops wouldn't happen. For the hat, I secured the other color at least every three stitches (k2 red, twist green over red yarn, k with red). A book will explain it much better than me - or check out the web for videos (http://www.bing.com/search?q=knitting+changing+colors&form=QBRE&qs=n&sk=&sc=3-23). Good luck! :)