Sunday, July 13, 2014

As summer gets underway, there are days when the last thing I want on my lap is an entire sweater.   But a hat?  That's just perfect for late summer knitting.

The Algonquin Hat is a simple beanie with just a touch of slouch.  The combination of texture and colors is striking, but easy to do.  It's also a little addictive. After knitting this first one, I found myself mixing colors for another, so I added a Sport Weight version to the pattern.

While knitting the second one, I played around with the detail to connect the ribbing to texture -  because slipped stitches are really fun to play with.  It's a small addition, but I love it.  Overall, this is a very simple design - all about the texture and the color.  For some relaxing, easy summer knitting.

As always, the Plucky is a dream to work with.  Both Primo and Bello are soft, with great stitch definition and the perfect amount of drape for this kind of hat.  Plus, let's be honest - this is ALL about the color mixing. And you just can't beat Plucky for gorgeous color  - look how that blue glows.   

The pattern includes directions for Sport and Worsted weight yarn, and instructions are included to modify for width or depth, should you want to alter the size or play with an entirely different weight of yarn.  The pattern is for sale in the pattern section of this blog or on Ravelry for $5.00.

As written, the hat will fit around a 20" head.

All the details are on the Ravelry page, but I've added the yardage below:

Worsted - 150 yds total (100 yds background, 50 yds accent)
shown in Bello - Flannel with a Malt Whiskey accent

Sport - 225 yds total (150 yds background, 75 yds accent)
shown in Primo Sport - Betrothed with a Narragansett accent

For a drink, I'm going with the Algonquin because it features pineapple juice, and this texture really reminds me of a pineapple.  However, the drink is actually an old school New York cocktail named for a group of writers and actors, known as the Algonquin Round Table, that used to meet at the beautiful old Algonquin hotel for lunch.


2 oz of rye whiskey
3/4 oz of dry vermouth
3/4 oz of pineapple juice

Combine ingredients with ice and shake.
Strain into a chilled "coupe" (A coupe is a smaller kind of martini or champagne glass - this drink really is just a delicate little sipping kind of thing.  But it's tasty...)

And I really do love this motif, so expect a few more projects to feature it, later on this Fall.....


Diane Richards said...

Love Love Love and just purchased.....Diane

Lindsey H said...

I love it!!! And this is perfect timing, as I have been hunting for a two-color sport weight hat for about a month now and none have said, "Make me." This one is! I'm off to purchase it now. :)