A quick little bit of handspun knitting to stave off that wonderful chill in the air.
Pattern: Cap Karma by Smariek (Yahoo Group)Materials: My Handspun, worsted superwash merino 2-ply
Amount: 4 ounces/100 grams
Fiber Source: Miss BabsNeedles: US8/5.0mm
Modifications: The original pattern calls for a standard spiral-decrease crown. I really loved the allover cable pattern and didn't like how the spiral decreasing broke that up. I wrote an alternate decreasing scheme that kept the cabling intact. If you're interested in doing the same, I've listed the specifics below.
Crown Shaping (substitute this for the crown shaping listed in the pattern)
Row 1: k all sts
Row 2: k all sts
Row 3: *ssk, k6* around
Row 4: *[sl next st to CN and hold in back, k next two sts, k st from CN], k4* around
Row 5: k all sts
Row 6: *k5, k2tog* around
Row 7: k all sts
Row 8: *k3, [sl next 2 sts to CN and hold in front, k next st, k 2 sts from CN]* around
Row 9: *k1, k2tog, k3* around
Row 10: k all sts
Row 11: k all sts
Row 12: *[sl next st to CN and hold in back, k next st, k st from CN], k3* around
Row 13: *k2, ssk, k1* around
Row 14: k all sts
Row 15: *k2tog, k2* around
Row 16: *k1, [sl next st to CN and hold in frton, k next st, k st from CN]* around
Row 17: *k1, k2tog* around
Row 18: k all sts
Row 19: *k2tog* around
Break yarn and draw through remaining sts. Weave in all ends.
Knitting with handspun is a major treat, I've had such a great time doing it - I'm sure there will be a lot of handspun hats cropping up in the next few months. Next to the BSJ, they're the perfect match for all those odd 4oz skeins that have been piling up.
Another one for the pile - onto the next!