Handspun Hat: done!

Posted on by MK Carroll

Handspun Hat
Top-Down Ribbed Beanie Recipe
US 11 and 10 needles
Jenny Neutron Star handspun, "Candy", about 80 yards

This time it's really finished - I ripped back a few rounds, then switched to US 10 needles and did 2 rounds of stockinette and bound it off. I like it better now, although I do feel like the hat is asking for more. Some buttons, maybe? A few crochet circles? I may have to just set it aside and walk away. It's already quite exuberant.

About the yarn - the site won't load for me, and the Jenny Neutron Star Etsy shop hasn't had any activity for over a year. Back when I first got this yarn, quirky handspun yarn wasn't as readily available. When I was asked to put together a few kits for the Alt Fiber show, I didn't have much time and I really wanted to feature indie crafters. Jenny Neutron Star really came through for me and custom-spun 3 skeins to order (although I botched the wpi - this is really more like 5-6 wpi yarn, and it's my misstatement, not hers). 2 years later, nifty handspun/handdyed yarns are thriving on Etsy, and so while I can't find a way to direct you to Jenny Neutron Star right now, I do have a couple of Etsy favorite sellers for bulky thick/thin yarns: Terra Bella Spun does handspun/handdyed, which I've used to knit up similar hats. Miss Hawklet has some "scraptacular" yarns up right now that I find especially delightful, and I used some Midnight & Lulu yarn in the Springtime Scarflette I did last year. Typing "handspun yarn" into the Etsy search feature will get you pages and pages of delightful stuff! I know I have to be careful when I do that. For the next few days, my Etsy favorites (up on the top right corner of this blog) will be featuring lovely handspun yarns. I may have to go sit in my stash for a little while to keep me from buying more.

Springtime Scarflette closeup

Heather Knits: Knit Pullip/Blythe Beanie Wig Mod

Posted on by MK Carroll

August 2007: Heather of Heather Knits modified the knit Pullip/Blythe Beanie pattern to make a doll wig!  She used the Locked Loop Rerooting Tutorial from Puchi Collective, but using the hat instead of a rubber scalp.  You could also use the Simple Crochet Beanie
doll hat pattern too, and even use a lighter weight yarn (like
fingering) by using the same rate of increasing but working until the
circle is large enough for the doll's head, then working even to the
length you want.  Isn't this a great modification?  Imagine the
yarn/felt dreadlock possibilities!

Photos by Heather Wolff.


Wig as modeled by Heather's Pullip doll


inside of the wig

Basic Top-Down Ribbed Beanie: 2x2 Issues

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The Basic Top-Down Ribbed Beanie Recipe, when used with 1x1 ribbing, makes a top that lies flat.  Stockinette will also lie flat.  2x2 ribbing creates a lovely 4-sided point.  I need to adjust the rate of increasing, clearly.  I was in a little bit of denial. 

See, if you pull it down snug, it will lie flat.  The hem is a bit ruffly as well in the photo, although it smooths out when it's on a real human head.  I did a single crochet bind-off, which keeps it nice and stretchy.  I'm thinking about redoing the top (which means picking out the cast-on) and crocheting a band and brim.  I might have just barely enough yarn left - this colorway was one of the one-time only offerings that Schaefer Yarn Co. has done, so this is it.  I might have something in the stash that could work, but I'm going to see if I have enough first. 

Even if I have to sacrifice the new project I cast on yesterday:

...a pouch for my sunglasses.