Archive for December 13th, 2009

Hat 56: Gharstly

Purple and turquoisey blue, with a bobble and earflaps

Clutter cunningly hidden behind giant knitting

So named because Joe was going on about Pokemon or some such at the time and commented on how nasty the colours were together. I kind of like the combination. Not that I would wear it, but I still like it.

In this photo, you can see the giant knitting I did on broom handles with strips of fabric for my one hour on the Fourth Plinth for One and Other.

I can’t believe that this one is the first I’ve done with earflaps! I did loads during my first year. So, I think this calls for a pattern.

ETA: So I have to do four tomorrow now. 🙂


Knit your usual hat.

Pick up 6 stitches from your cast-on row. The hat will be upside down, with the outside/right side facing you.

Row 1: Knit 6. Turn the work.

Row 2: Purl 6. Turn the work.

Rows 3 – 6: Repeat rows 1-2.

Row 7: Knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together. (4 stitches remaining.)

Row 8: Purl 1, purl 2 together, purl 1. (3 stitches remaining.)

Rows 9 – 22: I-cord (YouTube link). Knit 3, slide stitches to the other end of your circular or double-pointed needle. Repeat.

Row 23: Pull the yarn through really far on each stitch so you end up with really big loops.

Cut a long tail. Hold all the looooong stitches and the tail in one hand and tie a single overhand knot. Pull it tight and cut the loops. Trim to taste.

The second flap should not be exactly opposite the first – most hats have earflaps slightly toward the back of the hat. (Perhaps this is too much attention to detail, but to me it just looks a bit wrong if the flaps are exactly opposite.)

Hats 50-55: Continental jealousy

6 hats, three with cool bobbles, two on bottles, various colours

I tried to get the view, but all you see is the horrific state of my windowsills

You can just see the lighthouse on the far right. Yes, that is the sea, lots of it. It’s also a cracking view of the city at dusk but you can’t really see that because of the focus. So I took some marginally better ones. Viola:

Teeny tiny lighthouse to the south-east, lots of the city

Slightly better view of the lighthouse

Meridian Quay tower, some more city and sea

To the left next to the red chimney stack is the Waterfront Winter Wonderland big wheel

I love the view at dusk, when you can still see the colours of the rooftops and people are starting to put the lights on. Christmas all year!

And finally, the reason for the title – my lovely friend Nina in Germany. This is her enviable view from the window!

Lots of snow!

I am most jealous.

Oh yes, and I’ve done six hats – that leaves five tomorrow to get up to date. Ouch!

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