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 :)


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!

beffuh said...

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


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