Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I find that hats are a little like potato chips, and it's really hard to stop with just one - so when The Plucky Knitter sent me a two skeins of her Primo Worsted in this gorgeous pink called Plie, I immediately knew it was time for a double hat pattern.

2 Glasses of Pink Zin - Kinda perfect  as we roll into November - two gifts for the giving.  If you're Jewish, there's still time to eke these babies out before Thanksgivmukkah and for those of you who celebrate the rest of the holidays, you still have weeks ahead of you -- so you can make two for gifts and one for your own head.

In coming up with the designs, the lovely pink not only dictated the name of the pattern, but the look and feel of the hats as well.  They had to be delicate and a little feminine.

The First Glass is a cozy cabled hat that can be worn deep and flat with a little slouch, or if you want, you can fold the brim up and wear it as a more traditional cap.

The cables are intricate and varied, and the crown is fun to work.  I used the twisted ribs as "seams" that the other stitches eventually disappear into.

The Second Glass plays with the slipped stitch motif I used in my Silver Gin Fizz, but this time the slipped stitches are used sparingly, in a delicate offset pattern.   This hat has a narrower brim and a slouchier fit than its cabled sister, and this one is very easy to modify for size, since the repeat is a simple 3-st repeat.

My favorite detail in the second hat is the crown decrease, where the last slipped stitch disappears, leaving just the single ribs to meet in the center.

The 2 Glasses of Pink Zin pattern is available for $6.50.  You can find it on my pattern page here or or go straight to Ravelry to download it.  Some of the details are below and the rest of them are on the Ravelry page.

Yarn:  2 skeins Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted, shown in Plie.  Each hat uses about 175 yards.

Needles/Notions:  US #5/3.25mm and US#7/4.5mm 16" circular needles and DPNs in larger size for crown.  Darning needle and stitch marker. 

Size:  to fit around a 20" head. 

Gauge:  5 sts/7 rows per 1" in stockinette, blocked.  Specific gauges for each motif  are in pattern.

And thank you to Maya and Hannah, who was a really good sport even though this was so NOT what she came over to our place to do this weekend.  :)