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April 18, 2005

The Lars Hat

My brother Lars is rather picky about knit items. Not just anything will do. For example, Lars finds ordinary wool far too itchy. He'd prefer no itchiness.

Therefore, we have this:


Tahki Panda, 100% polyester. Guaranteed not to itch. This yarn is actually very similar to fleece. It is like a long thin strip of sweatshirt fleece.

On the skein, it looks pretty good. Once knit up, it already looks a bit worn. Like a fleece sweatshirt that has gone through the wash. I wouldn't use this yarn for anything larger than a hat..

But hey, Lars likes it!


Yarn: Tahki Panda, 2 skeins
Gauge: 11sts/4" on size 11 needle
Pattern: Alpha Hat from Rowan Ribbon Twist
Size: 19" circumference; 7" st st before garter border.

Pattern Modifications: The pattern is written for a larger gauge..so I had to change it. Its worked flat, from the top down. Each RS row increases 6 sts, so I just did two extra increase rows to get to 55 total sts. I checked it against my Alpha Hat for size as I went along.

Time to Knit: about 2-3 hours, including time spent calculating gauge.

Comments (8)

Is 100% polyester good for cardi or sweater? I mean, is it warm enough? Like your brother, my husband is a completely-no-ithcy-material person.

that is way cute (or cool for man)!

Wow. Cute/cool, whichever makes the most sense?? I have a friend who's going to try this pattern for her first project. Do you think this is a suitable first project?


I just saw your unveiling of the legwarmers! They are awesome. Of course, I'm sure it will be 80 degress tomorrow, but like you said, they'll be great for the office. How nice of you to make your brother a hat! I made my brother a long Manos scarf, and then he promptly moved to San Fran. Ingrate! ;) Cheers -

What a rockin' sister you are!


Looks great. My brother in law wanted an ear flap hat as well, which I thought was odd coming from a 27 year old man.

But I guess he isn't the only one!


Beautiful! Sounds fun to make. I am out of hat mode now that its spring, but I have been meaning to make something with earflaps for the past 6 months or so...

Very cool, Diane! I like that pattern a lot, and of course, the most important thing is that he likes it! :)

Hope all is well!



diana AT streetsandyos DOT com