Monday, October 02, 2006

Snail Hat, of a Sort

This was my first EZ knit, finished just before the KAL started. I'm wondering why the conch shell texture is not as pronouced as in many other hats I've seen? I followed her instructions to the letter (I think at least!) in KWT so I am guessing it's the yarn. I used a handspun wool I purchased a while ago. It has a similar gauge to the sheepsdown she recc's so I thought it would knit up similarly. Any thoughts?


  • I find that with some handspuns and softer natural fiber (alpaca comes to mind) there is less patterning because the yarn has less shape, so your stitch's meld into themselves. I did a lace shawl out of an inca alpaca that had about 1/2 the patterning I was hoping for, made it again out of blue sky and it turned out great. Same weight, the blue sky just had a stronger twist. That said - I love the hat! colors are great! and even if the pattern is not so pronounced, I bet it looks great on!

    By Blogger sunneshine, at 5:04 PM  

  • I'd also guess the yarn was too soft. After a couple washings, it might feel just right as the fibers mess together. Sure is pretty.

    By Anonymous Renee from Wisconsin, at 6:47 PM  

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