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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hand Knit Cable Hats And Cowl


Hello.. Hope you all have a happy sewing and crafting :)
Today, I'd love to show you the two finished cable hats and small cowl that I worked for so many months, especially the cowl - I started to knit in November 2016 and I forgot when exactly finished. The two hats were made in the beginning of January, but they finished faster than I thought - I did both of them in less than three weeks :)

The pattern for both hats and cowl are based on knitting book "Lovely and Pretty" in Chinese language that I found in the local yarn shop. I decided to bring it home because the book has 34 different hat patterns with easy diagram and symbol to follow.

Blue Cable Hat
Materials :
I used 2.25 skeins of soft feather yarn (40% acrylic, 50% nylon and 10% wool) in deep blue colour, 6 mm/40 cm circular needle for the hat bodice and 4 mm/40 cm for the ribbing and 6 mm dpn needles to shape the crown.

The process was a little bit confusing for my beginner knitting level, I did the bodice hat first with two combination of cable patterns and then the ribbing.
I did the ribbing two times, the first one was 1x1 rib stitch with 5 mm circular needle ( you can spot the rib stitch in the first picture - below) but I didn't like it. So, I unravelled the first rib stitch and knitted again with 2x2 rib stitch with 4 mm circular needle until the rib measures 1.5'' and bind off.😁
Then I did the rest of the process in usual manner, shaped the crown using dpn needle and fasten off the finished hat with tapestry needle.
And the last step, I decided to make pom pom from the same colour of yarn with diameter 3".

The final hat measurements: 11" length and 21" circumference.




Pink Cable Hat
Materials:
I used two skeins of wool yarn in pink colour, 4 and 5 mm/40 cm circular needle, double pointed needles to shape the crown and crochet hook to make the button to put on top of the hat.

The process was easier than the first hat, I started with cast on, 2x2 rib stitch with 4 mm needle until the rib measures 1.5" and then I did cable stitch.
After that I shaped the crown with dpn needle followed with fasten off the finished hat with tapestry needle.
The last step was made the crochet button, I followed an easy video tutorial from New Stitch A Day. I actually made two buttons but in the end I used the small one and kept the big one for souvenir 😃

The final hat measurements: 9.75" length and 21" circumference.





Grey Cowl
Materials:
I used 1.5 skeins of extrafine merino wool in grey and 3.5 mm/40 cm circular needle.
The process started with 2x2 rib stitch until measures 1.5", then continued with cable stitch until the whole piece measures 5.5". After that I did 2x2 rib stitch 1.5" finished with bind off loosely.

The final cowl measurement: 7" length and 21" circumference. The cowl is small and only cover around my neck, I like this type of small cowl - simple, warm and easy to wear 😊



That's it for today post, I am loving each of these little projects and so happy that I did them 💪💪

Until next...

Love,
@Hana

23 comments:

  1. Lovely, lovely, lovely! Pink is so very you and I love the pompom on the blue one. I wish I had the patience to knit.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. Knitting is very relaxing and I love to do that at night while watching TV :)

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  2. Very lovely, Hana. I'd love to learn how to knit someday. You did an amazing job and all pieces look great on you.

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  3. I love the colours on you - brighter blues and pinks look wonderful on you, and the grey cowl is the right shade of grey to go with pink and blue. I agree, small cowls are best - they don't get in the way and are better at keeping the neck warm. All nicely knitted, very well done for a beginner. You certainly have a knack for knitting.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah Liz, I love these colours and I think they suit me better :)

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  4. Oh, you make me miss knitting! I used to knit a lot when I would be waiting for my son to get out of school in the carpool line. It was very therapeutic! Anyhow, I love what you made. The hats look good on you, and all pieces will keep you warm.

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa. I knitted four hats already and I think is enough :) Now, I am knitting two sweaters to wear next winter :)

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  5. All three pieces turned out beautiful! I love cables and I love knitting them, although it always takes me longer than knitting other patterns! Have fun wearing these :)

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    1. Thank you Katharina, I always love your knitting projects too :)

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  6. Very well done, it looks very pretty!
    Have a nice weekend!
    LG Carolin

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    1. Thank you dear Carolin. Have a nice weekend to you too :)

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  7. These are all gorgeous. What a great book to have.

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    1. Thank you, Sue. So happy I found this book, so many lovely patterns :)

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  8. Awesome! These hats and the cowl look great on you. I love all of them:) You are really good with your hands! Well done.

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  9. This inspires me to knit more! Lovely.

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    1. Thank you Annie. Please do, knitting is great for the soul :)

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  10. What lovely hats and cowl you've made! You might need to give yourself more credit as I think these projects attest to a higher skill lever than beginner! I love the cabled hats, and of course the pom-pom!, but what a great idea to use a crocheted button on the pink! The cowl is simply perfect too. :)

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    1. Thank you for kind words, Lisa. I am thinking about cable sweater for next winter :)

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