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Thursday, November 16, 2006

FO Report -- Orchid Pink and Violet Kitty Hat

Thanks for the feedback yesterday. The unadorned hat was a little too plain for me, but I thought embroidery stitches would make the top of the hat uncomfortable to wear. Too inflexible or maybe bumpy. So I came up with a different way to gussy up the kitty.

Size 4-to-6 girl's hat with kitty cat ears. A gift for a friend.

Pattern: vintage Family Headwear & Scarves booklet #98 published by Patons & Baldwin Canada, Inc. No publication date, looks like it's from the 1970s. Purchased from Vintage Knits.

Materials: Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland wool, 100 grams / 220 yards per ball) 1 ball in Orchid Pink, #2449. Final weight of hat: 71 grams. US #7 (4.5mm) 16" circulars. Chibi tapestry needle for grafting. Bits of pink, violet and lime green fleece, coordinating shades of cotton embroidery floss, 2 Swarovski bicone crystals (5 or 6 mm), sharp needle for working blanket stitch, and Fabri Tac adhesive.

Modifications: Worked face ribbing in the round instead of flat + seam. Instead of "Inc 1 st in each of next 2 stitches," marked center of ears and worked left slanting and right slanting increases. Seamed side stitches to back flap by picking up stitches along the back flap and grafting them to the sides. Used sewn cast off.

The fleece flowers are a little soft and might have been better in felt. Does anyone sell "fat quarters" or smaller chunks of wool felt? When I search the internet I find either polyester felt or wool felt yardage. I could use a little wool felt for a Christmas project.



Blogger Nik said...

Great Job, hon. Those flowers are really cute.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The flowers are perfect and soo "right now"!! Looks sooo cute, nice job!!

10:42 AM  
Blogger CjSachiko said...

Those flower add just enough flair to make it uber cute!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

The flowers are cute. I would probably suggest making your own wool felt. I've seen some tutorials on the web on how to take roving and felt it.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Trope said...

Looks great! I like the flowers better than embroidery, and I think the young recipient probably will too.

Missed you last night. Give us the Libby update soon, 'k?

7:53 AM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Absolutely adorable, R! Sure had me stumped in the "guess the WIP" photo.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can´t immagine how long I
I´m waiting for my god-daughter to wear hats with ears - I love them on children, so now i´m pretty happy that she has one that looks so cute.


6:23 AM  

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