Within one day of J’s buying me the bright pink Noro Retro, I found out about Jane Richmond’s anniversary sale. The knitting angels were smiling upon me, because I was hoping to buy her Christopher pattern anyway, and now I had the perfect excuse! The same day I bought the pattern, I cast-on; twenty-four hours later, I had a new winter hat.
Pattern: Christopher, by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Noro Retro (under 1.5 skeins) and some leftover BMFA Luscious Single Silk in Stormy Weather
Needles: US 6
Began: December 18; Completed: December 19 (Raveled here.)
Notes: This hat really is the perfect winter hat: it’s long enough to cover your ears; it’s double-sided so super warm; it’s reversible, so you really get two hats out of one! Plus, long-time readers are well aware of my love for stripes, and this pattern really allowed me to play around with some fun color combos.
I culled the stash a bit to find something to go with the bright pink, and I’m so glad I decided upon the BMFA (leftover from my Clapotis for my bff a few years back): the bright pink stripes break up any pooling, and the mottled fabric looks great with my grey coat. Here’s a shot of the awesomeness that is the striped side.
After finishing this hat, I immediately cast-on for one for my uncle’s Christmas gift. His is the neutral stiped (Northhampton in Fawn and some black Ella Rae classic, which I ran out of toward the end. This explains the plain crown, which he seemed to like). This one was equally quick to knit. Then, I knew that my FIL and SIL each had birthdays coming up. Since we were going to celebrate with them over New Year’s weekend, I thought I’d better have their presents in hand. For my SIL, I went stash-diving again and chose some leftover Northhampton in Eggplant and Knit Picks Andean Silk in Hollyberry. The alpaca is soft to her, but itches me, so it’s a win. Plus, I love the way the sheen of the red stands out on the field of dark purple. Finally, I headed to the yarn store to buy some Cascade 220 for my FIL. The man loves Michigan, and who am I to deny him a hat in maize and blue?
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This is the first time I’ve knitted a pattern more than once, and the fact that I knitted it four times in under two weeks should show just how awesome it is. It’s fun, interesting, clever, and a great use for leftovers. I have a feeling I’ll be knitting more of these babies. To top it off, each hat was a hit. I’ve been wearing mine non-stop, and I hope my family members are, too.