The festive knitting of last week is now a finished object that can be shown on the blog. Ta-da! It’s a little hat:

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That is the outside of the hat. It looks a little like confetti threw up on it, doesn’t it?

The inside is far more tame:

Hat_2008Feb7_RedSquiggleInside

I like that it’s a potentially reversible item although I did intend for the fluffy side to be the only public side. It may be too tickly on the ears if worn the other way.

Pattern: own. Cast on 84 for ribbing, increase to 88 for body of the hat, 8 point decrease at crown. Red only for the ribbing, then both yarns held together throughout for the rest.
Yarn: Wolle Roedel Universal Superwash, 100% superwash merino wool, color 806 (red) and Crystal Palace Yarns Squiggle, 50% nylon, 50% polyester, color 9297 (multi)
Needles: size 5
Size: toddler

The multi-colored yarn is appropriately named “Squiggle” —  the little strands want to wriggle and squiggle out of your hands and out of the stitches. This ended up being a full week of bus knitting simply because progress was unbelievably slow. I had to keep checking the tension of the two strands (Squiggle is more slippery than the wool) and I had to pay attention to only catch the core of Squiggle with the tips of my needles rather than the core and the three long fluffy strands whenever I came to one of those.

Mr. MmmYarn asked how the squiggly strands ended up mostly on one side. There is a good reason for that, besides my compulsion to pull strays over to the purl side as I worked. Here is what the yarn looks like:

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The construction is a chained strand with regularly-spaced bloops of long fluff coming off of it. Bumps, bloops, and fluff naturally want to sit on the purl side because of the way you form your stitches. I tried both knitting and purling with the yarns in my left hand and in my right hand as an experiment and the squiggles went mostly to the purl side each time. Try it sometime.

With a yarn like this, it’s far easier to plan for the fluff to end up on the purl side whether you’re knitting or purling the item. I knit faster than I purl, so I worked this hat inside out with the knit side facing me, letting the squiggles end up on the purl side. Then when I was done, I grabbed a thin sock needle and pulled some of the knit side strays over to the purl side and they are staying put.

Now that I see how very poofy this turned out, working the Squiggle in on every other row may have been a better idea than holding the yarn doubled throughout.

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