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Friday, April 07, 2006

Tie-dyed hat

Do you rememeber the kool-aid dyed yarn that I made a couple of weeks ago? It turned into this hat, for Dulaan. It may not look impressive, but I'm impressed with myself ... I knit the entire stockinette section (everything but the first few rows of ribbing) using the continentaly technique. I'm usually a thrower, not a picker, but I did this to improve my continental technique for 2-handed stranded color knitting. Interestingly enough, my gauge between my swatch of this yarn (knit using the English technique) and the finished hat is nearly identical.

Ok, so maybe I'm the only one who will find this interesting. But whatever ... it's a nice warm wool hat for a kid in Mongolia. And I think my "tye-dyed" yarn looks kind of neat once knit up.


  • The tie-dye hat looks great. I've got to practice continental too, too many fair isle projects are catching my eye these days.

    By Anonymous Kat, at 11:24 AM  

  • Oh, it's SO cute. Congrats on the pickin'. Now you're ready to play the guitar too.

    By Blogger FemiKnitMafia, at 11:25 AM  

  • reprogramming your brain and fingers to go from english to continental is no small feat indeed! congrats on your ambidextrousness... should come in handy often. next step: learn to knit backwards (from right to left)! then short-rows become i breeze, i *hear*...

    By Blogger christine, at 11:26 AM  

  • Learning to knit backwards?! Sheesh, I can't even manage to brush my teeth with my non-dominant hand.

    By Anonymous Kat, at 11:40 AM  

  • Good for you! And I'm impressed that the gauge is so similar - mine sure isn't.

    Very cute and cheery hat!

    To answer your comment question - Thanks! And yup, those are toe-up Jays (aka "bustier Jays").

    By Blogger Chris, at 11:40 AM  

  • Delurking to say that I love the way your yarn knit up. Looks neat.

    By Blogger Keri, at 11:50 AM  

  • That's how I did it! Practice on something easy & simple. My pick gauge is the same as my throw gauge also... which is great for the next step... Fair Isle. Once I realized that picking was similar to crochet, it was easy. Have you picked out the fair isle project you'll do yet?
    BTW, I love the color of that hat! Some lucky kid is going to love wearing it!!

    By Blogger Rhonda, at 7:15 AM  

  • The yarn looks cool (oops, major pun there!) -- I'm going to look for some Kool Aid when I go grocery shopping today. And yea for you in learning continental -- I love that knitting provides so many challenges and opportunities to increase skills!

    By Anonymous Kathy, at 9:27 AM  

  • As a fellow thrower, I'm totally impressed with your awesome continental technique! I'm a proud thrower, but I've always had the sneaking suspicion that continental would make ribbing go faster (though I would adamantly deny it if questioned point blank! ;-)) I've tried to re-teach myself, but somehow it just doesn't click. After seeing your hat, I'll keep trying. Thank you so much for all your support and good wishes this past week- it really meant a lot to me. Hope all is well with you.. take care, Danielle! :-)

    By Blogger candsmom, at 4:43 PM  

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