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.