Urban Outlaw

December 4, 2010

As some of you Ravellers have already noticed, my knitting production has slowed down noticeably during the last months. This happened because of more urgent life matters*, as I already explained elsewhere. However, in between getting a new job, preparing for a PhD interview, studying for an English exam and thinking about a paper I have to write, I somehow managed to squeeze in some knitting, and even managed to learn a new knitting technique …

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Pattern: Feather in a Cap by Amy Christoffers
Yarn: Lang Yarns Baby Alpaca
Needles: 2.5mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

This lovely hat is knitted with two differently coloured skeins of yarn at the same time and applies the technique of double knitting, which results in a reversible double-layered piece of fabric, each side holding the negative image of the other.

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The technique isn’t actually that difficult to learn. Once you have managed the cast-on [which I found a little tricky] and figured out how to control the tension and the position of the two yarns, the knitting turns into the very meditative rhythm of knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one …

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I am particularly fond of this hat’s design. It applies a very old knitting technique and cites a very traditional hat form in using the motive of a feather [Robin Hood would surely have approved …], but at the same time, the designer managed to add a graphic quality to the overall look of the hat which, in my opinion, makes it look very modern, urban and minimalistic.

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As you can see from the photos, [c] and I had a lovely little winter walk this afternoon. The past week’s snowfalls have turned the landscape into a wonderful, though very frosty and cold, fairytale landscape which we enjoyed very much …

Winter in Vienna

Winter Crows

We hope you have a lovely weekend, too!

* One could, of course, reasonably argue: Is there really anything more urgent and important than knitting?!?!

One Response to “Urban Outlaw”

  1. reluctant2 said

    Excellent hat. Hmmph. Had thought it was a felted deal when I saw the pattern on Ravelry.com
    So pleased to see it is indeed an old-fashioned doubleknit and yes, isn’t the graphic is delightful? And lovely light and snow.

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