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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Sarawakense MK Hat

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I'm doing a series of "Mindless Knitting" hats which are very easy and/or boring to knit. I wanted to make some hats that I could easily put down and then later pick up without scratching my head trying to figure out where I was in the pattern. And I wanted something that I could easily knit in dim lighting, or even while talking to DH without having to worry about losing count. Besides, V is always telling me that I should choose simpler patterns, or that things don't always need to be hard (actually this was in reference to learning Latin, but I'm sure it also applies to knitting, lol). So these Mindless Knitting hats so are easy/boring that you can basically do them without having to refer to the pattern. There's nothing fancy about them, mostly basic knit/purl, no cables, no yarn overs, twist stitches, etc. They're so simple that you don't even need a row counter to help you keep track of which round you're in.

Actually, I have knitted this one in the dark! It gets dark earlier since we switched over to Standard Time. Yesterday, I took M on late 4:45pm car ride to get her to nap, stopped at 280 Metro Center thinking we'll stop by Joann's when she wakes up, and I knitted in the car until she woke up.... it was dark, didn't turn on the interior car lights, and still managed to "see" enough of my knitting to knit in the dark. Never did make it to Joann's though cuz she took a long nap, it was already dark & late, so we just went home instead.



This is my Sarawakense "Mindless Knitting" Hat. Here's how the hat started out. I wanted to do a roll brim hat. I've already made many hats with a stockinette style decrease at the top. I decided that I wanted to do one with a seed stitch decrease. I love how seed stitch looks and find that I'm often drawn to patterns with it. But I didn't want to do a hat that had seed stitch in it from top to bottom, so I decide to throw in some stockinette bands just to mix it up a bit. So this is how the hat turned out the way it turned out. The picture below shows the seed stitch top. Sorry it's a little out of focus, but it was the best picture I had of the top.






This is hat #6 for this year's Cap Karma Chemo Cap Project ...

Stitches used in this hat include:
Seed Stitch, BW1 pg 11
Stockinette Stitch, BW1 pg 10

11/19/06: Thought I would add the following pattern "outline" since K asked V to knit her one. Tweak the numbers however you want.

WW yarn, US8 needles, cast on 88 stitches.
Knit 8 rounds.
Seed stitch 12 rounds.
Knit 8 rounds.
Seed stitch 8 rounds
Knit 8 rounds.
Seed stitch 12 rounds.
Seed stitch decrease: Seed stitch 9, K2tog; Seed stitch 8, K2tog; ... Seed Stitch 1, K2Tog; K2Tog.


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2 stitch(es):

Sandra said...

Nice hat! By the way, I've printed out your Asherton scarf pattern - it's perfect for a guy I know!
I also noticed that you linked to my blog - how cool is that?

Vamanta said...

Wow, Marie, I love your hat! That is a very clever pattern & hard to believe it's so simple. I am also linking you to my blog since I just discovered you out here!