Thursday, June 23, 2022

Knitting the Stria Hat Part 2 - A finished hat

I finished my Stria hat in plenty of time for the Spring challenge knitalong. I managed to finish it in three days which was amazing!! The only annoying thing is that now it must be tucked away until autumn and cooler weather returns. I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but Tennessee is in full on summer mode. We've had a heat wave over the last couple of weeks with temperatures in the 90+ F. Definitely not the weather for hand knit wool hats. 😳

Here are the knitty details:

Pattern: Stria Hat by Andrea Mowry

Size: Small

Yarn: Navy - *Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist | Mustard & Pink - my hand dyed yarn from stash

Needle: US size 1/2.25mm clover bamboo circular

Doesn't it look beautiful? I really love working Half Fisherman's Rib. It's such a simple stitch pattern and I found it to be quite fun. It does have regular purl rows throughout, but I've never minded purling. I find it to be just as easy as the knit stitch. Although I have begun to suspect that I am not working my purl stitches quite correctly. I need to go watch a couple tutorials and see if I've been doing it wrong this whole time!

I haven't blocked the hat just yet but I think I will before wearing it properly. I want it to slouch a bit more in the back and I think it is just a little too "stiff" at the moment. I am pretty sure blocking would sort that out as it would help the yarn to relax more. I think it would look more flattering on me if it was a little looser in the body.

I went down one needle size because I am finding that I am a looser knitter than I thought. I didn't do a gauge swatch because I also wasn't too concerned if the hat turned out snugger than intended. I like my hats to be almost tight around the brim because they always loosen up while I'm wearing them. So if it is just a smidge too tight then it should be perfect about 10 minutes after I put it on!

I could see myself knitting a few more Stria Hats as gifts. It is quite simple to work up and very quick. Perfect for last minute gift knitting. 

But I am also tempted by the Oslo Hat pattern by Petite Knits. I've been watching the Tiny Human Knits youtube podcast and Laura has knit about six Oslo hats and they look amazing! I'm seriously considering knitting one for my husband because it looks like exactly the style of hat he would wear during the colder months. And I really like the idea of knitting our expected baby boy a hat to match. It would be the cutest thing! But we shall see. I have so many things I want to knit at the moment!


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