The yarn for both is Patons worsted, which I bought in Indiana from the woman who thought I wanted to rob her. (Not to be confused with the lady from Indiana who wanted to know if I learned to knit in prison. Do I really look that rough?)
I've had a heck of a good time with these because they're completely improvised. All I knew when I started them was:
- I wanted to work in Fair Isle so the hats would be double-thick; and
- I would rip back and re-knit anything that I wouldn't put on my own head.
This the first one, sized for a small child, was started the day after Thanksgiving and finished just after coming home.
I kept the floats as loose as possible, and yet the checkerboard section still puckered. Go figure. But the hat is still comfortable and looks good when worn.
The second, larger hat began on the trip to Los Angeles and was completed last night.
Originally the top was to be all white, but that made for dull knitting. Rip, rip, rip. I decided instead to divide the space into eight parts, alternate the colors, and run the decreases along the left edge of each section. I had no idea what would happen.
Turns out I knit a propeller beanie. Look!
I absolutely have to do this again on a hat for me. Why should Mongolians have all the fun?