Warm, Winter Whites
It feels totally silly to post up my winter knits now that the weather is turning to spring here in Chicago. But here we are, as I try to squeeze in as many of my winter garments from 2015/2016 onto the blog before it’s officially Spring.
Luckily the weather was still a bit chilly when we took these photos, as I still needed my down jacket.
Both of these small projects, I knit during the winter of 2014/15. Yes you’re reading that correctly. 2014/2015, as in last year; somehow I moved on to other projects before completing these two.
With the hat, I needed to finish that front gather section piece and the gloves were only waiting for me to weave in the ends. Totally silly…
Sometimes I just drop the ball at the very end and start knitting something else and forget about the earlier projects.
In any case, I did finally finish these up in early 2016. It put a little spring in my step to have a knit hat and gloves finished so quickly. :D
The hat pattern was a pretty quick knit. Yarn used?? I’m sorry to say have no idea. I made this so long ago with a remnant of yarn I had in my stash that I don’t even recall it. I know its a super wash worsted-weight wool, if that’s any help for you. It feels very squishy soft and has lots of stretch.
When I make hats, I generally just keep trying them on to figure out how long to make them & figure out my decreases at the crown on the fly (referencing the pattern of course). I often don’t even keep track of the changes as I generally only make one hat from a given pattern.
The one change I can tell you is that I knit a little band on the front instead of doing the yarn wraps that the pattern called for. I just think mine is a bit cleaner of a look in this way – personal preference change.
For the cable-knit gloves, I know I used a Cascade 220, worsted-weight yarn – which was also a stash buster for me. With my mini hands, I cast on fewer stitches than what was called for on the original Sm/Med sized glove. I just had to do a bit of refiguring to keep the cable sections centered on the front of the gloves.
I made this hat and glove set in this winter white to match all of my other winter accessories. I frequently knit a hat in say a bright purple and realize I have nothing else to match with it. Needless to say, I have many winter accessory orphans in my closet.
In the winter I look like a crazy, color-blind gal wearing a purple hat, green & white scarf with brown gloves. Not exactly the best look – especially from a maker of things.
So this glove and hat set – while it can be worn together quite easily, I made them to coordinate with all of my other colored pieces. (So I don’t look too crazy…)
Took these photos in front of an obliging fence on walk to Sunday brunch. As such, I tried to keep these as relaxed and natural, as this is what I generally look like on a Sunday morning. :D I do feel like I missed an opportunity for some victory rolls in this knit turban… perhaps next time.