FO – Honey hat

It’s again Finished Object Friday. In today’s episode, I show you a hat in a (for me) uncommon yarn weight.

Through the Ravelry-forum I saw, there’s a KAL (knitalong) that starts after Christmas. It’s a cowl knitted in DK yarn weight. When I went back from my stay in Cape Town it was time to wash and block the cowl. But I did it so wrong. I ruined my new cowl. From my original idea to make a cowl and matching mitts, there was nothing anymore there. With leftovers and an extra skein, I came up with the idea to knit a hat.

Honey hat - total

Pattern: Honey by Lisa Gutierrez
Needle size: 4.5mm
Yarn: Madelintosh tosh DK, in “Chamomile”

I really like the colour. It’s a warm, golden tone. A perfect clash of colour in a grey winter, right? What I also like is the twisted ribbing. It looks so neat. My only change is to bring symmetry in the honeycomb pattern. The difference is visible in the first two pattern repeats of honeycombs and the rest of the hat. In those two rows, I did it as the pattern says, but I didn’t like the look. Then I changed. I think it looks more even and neater.

honey hat - crown shaping side

honey hat - crown shaping

The designer took also care about the shaping of the crown. The pattern flows in the crown.

Usually, I knit with thin yarn. That means I knit with fingering or lace weight yarn and use needle sizes from 2.00 to 4.00mm. To knit with thicker yarn is  for me very uncommon. But one advantage it has: you’re very fast. It takes not much time to finish something.

Honey hat - inside out

The photo above shows you the inside out. It looks also very nice. I have to admit, I’m very pleased with my new DK-weight hat. And it will be not my last one in this yarn-weight. The yarn is very soft and it’s a pleasure to knit with.

Do you prefer a specific yarn weight to knit with? Or do you like to change it from one project to another?

7 Responses

  1. Murielle
    | Reply

    Nice hat! Too bad it is almost too warm to wear it! ;)
    I’m in a sock mood right now, but my favourite weight is, and will probably always be worsted weight.

    • donnarossa
      | Reply

      It’s late, but to be honest, I weared it yesterday. My feets touched snow. The weather is crazy.

  2. Ackta
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    Hello! I’m attempting Honey too, it has been on my queue for ever now. I agree with you that your version of the repeat pattern is neater, but I can’t figure out what you changed? Did you happen to take a note? I would love to apply the same variation. Many thanks in advance and thank you for your lovely blog!

    • donnarossa
      | Reply

      Hi Ackta,

      Indeed the honey pattern is nice. We all need a bit of Honey to sweeten up the cold times, right? ;-)

      The pattern calls for slipping 3 stitches at the same time over three rounds. When you knit the 3 strands some rows later, the pattern calls to do the K3L-stitch just in the first stitch above those three strands (K3L, p2), which makes it slightly asymmetric. I placed the K3L in the middle of these 3 sts (p1, K3L, p1) to have it symmetric.

      Hope this is not confusing. Let me know, if I could help you or not :-)

      • Ackta
        | Reply

        Oh this is brilliant, thank you so much for taking the time to answer! I’ll rip back and try it tonight and I’ll let you know how it went! Cold times are just beginning in my part of the world (Eastern Canada), so I’m anxious to be able to wear it soon. Many many thanks!

      • Ackta
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        I DID IT! In the end, I was still a bit confused, even with your explanation. But it turned out that on the K3L rows, all I had to do was *shift one single stitch* : on round 8 of the Honeycomb pattern, purl 1 then carry on exactly as written between the *; on round 16, begin by purling 4 instead of 3 – then carry on as written. When I finally got that (can you tell I do not have a mathematical brain??!), I was all good! Here a link to the project :

        • donnarossa
          | Reply

          Oh, great work! You’re hat looks awesome. Indeed, it sounded a bit more complicated than it actually is. Shift one stitch is the solution :-)

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