Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Manly Hat

The man's office.

Doesn't every man need a shrine to The Incredibles in his office?



The man in his hat



How I made the man's hat



My man has a big head (24"), and he likes those ribbed watchman style caps that hug the head. I used a free Bernat pattern. It's probably still available on their website. The hat is knit flat in mostly K2 P2 ribbing, with a bit of shaping up at the top and then sewn down the one seam.

I made this hat for him in Bernat DenimStyle a few years ago, and it was his favorite, but it has gone ratty and pilly since. The new hat is made with elann.com's Super Tweed.

Yarn: Nearly two balls of Super Tweed (Nutmeg)
Needles: 5 1/2mm
Gauge: 16 st = 4"

I cast on 82 stitches and worked in K2P2 for 10 1/2" before the last bit of shaping. He gets about 2" of cuff to turn up. This hat stretches a lot and would fit heads from 22" to 24"

It even fit my 21" head, but I had to turn up about five" (fatter head = less cuff).

I really enjoyed knitting with the Super Tweed. It is very comfy on the hands, soft like a ragg wool. The cotton/wool/acrylic mix makes for a comfortable, warm and non-itchy hat. The little bit of elastic will help it hold its shape.

10 comments:

Lisa W. said...

you are a very naughty enabler jayne...don't you know i'm on a yarn fast....don't you know I love tweed...don't you know the thought of super size esprit makes me salivate....great hat...and a handsome feller ya got there too! Yep...you are naughty Jayne for sure...

CatBookMom said...

Handsome guy, nice-looking hat and a good fit. Yeah, OK, you've enabled me into a bit of Tweed. Turnabout is fair play, as they say.

jayne said...

Ha ha, Lisa, you're a stitch! If you're on a yarn fast, then why are you visiting MY blog?? You know what I'm like.

Super size Esprit -- that's a good one too. I hadn't thought of that. It sort of is...with a bit of wool thrown in to make us really drool. Can't you buy just two little balls to try a hat?? Oops...not supposed to enable...

Hey, CBM, you said you already got some tweed. What colour did you get??

Grace Yaskovic said...

your family are such good eggs about posing in their knitted items, I love the hat---and super tweed is in my cart for my Tuesday order

Karin said...

Jayne you are a saint to knit that man a hat after his naughty behaviour in a previous post :)! I think I will look for that cap pattern - my Captain Square Head (handsome 'tho he is) requires a more generous than store-boughten sized hat, so-o-o... How are you fairing with all the rain? I need to check in with Bro in Kitsilano and make sure he's dry. Ottawa has been visited by the wet plague, too but I see sun in our part of the country today - hope it stays!

smariek said...

Very nice. I have some Super Tweed in the green (herb garden?), lovely colors. I wasn't thinking about using it for a hat, but now that I've seen yours, I'll have to rethink my plans for this yarn...

Lisa W. said...

hmmm...do you remember the oooooolllld Saturday Night Live...with Dan Akroyd & Jane Curtain...and Dan Akroyd's famous line ....well that's what i want to say in a fun joky non-offensive way! Besides...I love reading your blog...my day's not complete without it! I think I WILL reward myself with a little bit of Tweed...but only if/after I get B&B finished. That will be my little negotiation tradeoff! Thanks for all your inspiration...really.

Anonymous said...

Great hat, Jayne! Love the tweedy look. Did you decide which is your favorite color? I am leaning toward the cranberry but the blue in your photo looked beatiful too.

junior_goddess said...

Are you telling us he has to struggle to get into his super-guy suit? ;-)

Nice hat!

Siew said...

I was thinking of using the Super Tweed for a cably sweater (Patons Urban Aran Sweater). Having not touched this yarn yet, do you think the cables would get lost in the tweediness of the yarn?