Thursday, July 02, 2009

Indie Designer Day

Beanpole BeanieDesigner: Rachel
Rav ID: rachelknitter
Great Design: rachelknitter's Rav Designer Page

This week our Indie Designer comes a bit early. I'm away from the interwebs for a few days (enjoying the greenness of summer) and so have a lovely green hat to present to you all.

I've had a thing for this lovely hat for quite some time now - perhaps the designer's own words speak best on the Beanpole Beanie itself:

"I live in the Windy City, so when I need a hat, the hat needs to mean business. I find the gauge on most hat patterns to be too loosey-goosey, and I end up with an earache as a result. So I’ve gotten myself into the habit of automatically going up a yarn weight on most hat patterns. That won’t be necessary here. This pattern was written with a gauge of steel. The recommended gauge on Cashmerino Chunky is 3.5 stitches per inch on US 10.5 needles, but I knit this hat on size 7 needles to obtain a gauge of 5.25 stitches per inch. This produces a windproof, but not at all stiff fabric. If you prefer to use a yarn a little closer to standard gauge, substitute a worsted weight yarn."

I love a design with such purpose! Functional and purty :)

4 comments:

Team Knit ! said...

Love that hat!! what a great design.

- Julie

Hilary said...

I would *never* have guessed that the hat was knit so tightly with a chunky yarn -- t's so delicate and pretty!

Have fun on your trip!

tractorbladderr said...

I usually don't like beanie-type hats, but I am really digging this one. Possibly will even make one myself...

VOGUE VIGILANTE said...

Thanks for posting this cute hat! I'm always searching ravelry for cute (and preferably free) hats, but this one I missed. Good pick! --Leiza