Keeping Floats in Check

Some of my favorite projects are ones that just happen. Which is the case with this little cutie.

I’ve been practicing my continental knitting so that I could knit with 2 colors at the same time. For the most part I’ve just been making swatches, until now – I’m so excited.

When I first started working on this hat, I was using the stranded method for my floats, but they weren’t as neat as I wanted so I switched to weaving my floats as described in Vogue Knitting. Great book for any knitter.  And as you can see from the image below, my strands are neat and held in place.

floats

I think the hardest part was making sure I wasn’t knitting to tight, once I got into the swing of things it felt good.

closeup

I finished her  off with a swirl top

hattop

So if you’re looking to make one of these yourself, grab the following:

Size 7 circular needles and double pointed needles

worsted weight yarn – for this sample I used Caron Simply Soft in Royal Blue and a Caron variegated but I can’t find the tag to tell you the color

Using the main color, cast on 80 stitches and work in K2, P2 for 1 3/4″

Here is the color pattern, where the color blocks are the variegated yarn and the white blocks are the main color.

smallpattern

Once you have reached the desired length for your hat, place stitch markers every 10 st and then begin the decrease.

*K2tog, knit even to stitch marker*, repeat around until you have 8 stitches left. Cut yarn and pull through the remaining stitches.

I made this to fit my 4 year old niece but haven’t had a chance to see her, so I had Margaux stand in as the model, she wasn’t amused.

margauxhat

Thanks for stopping by this week. If you do make one of these hats, please post a picture here or on Facebook.

Don’t forget to shop the Etsy store to support donations to the NICU.

 

~Jessica

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