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It's that time again: A new knit-along!

Oct 26, 2011

     
My finished Bella Blouse, modeled by the my sister, the recipient. Doesn't she look great? She's modeling it on our hotel balcony in Cairo.
A bunch of us just finished our Bella Blouses, and what a project that was. It challenged me in many ways: lace knitting that started with a wrong-side row, picking up a bunch of stitches evenly, and fitting lace sleeves and neck pieces into a body shape.

I'm happy with the yarn choices I made, but if I were to do this piece again, I think I'd use the same yarn for the body and the lace edging, sleeves, and neck. The yarn I used for the body (Classic Elite Premier) has a lovely drape and it grows quite a bit with blocking. The yarn I used for the inserts (Berroco Lumina) doesn't have a lot of give—though it has a lot of the bling that I love—so it was really a challenge to ease the firm edging pieces into the loosey-goosey body piece. I did it though. I knitted this for my sister and she loves it.

So after completing the Bella, I'm ready for something easy, relatively, and quick. How about a hat? I've gathered several here that I love, and I hope you'll love one of them too. Take a look and get ready to make your choice.

 
Katie Himmelberg's Felicity Hat is fresh and fun. She designed the hat with three short-row wedges that combine to make the vertical Fair Isle stripped hat. I love the simplicity of this one.
The Koolhaas Hat is Jared Flood's homage to the Rem Koolhaas designed Seattle Public Library. I made this hat last year for my brother; it was lots of fun to make and a big hit with Jeff.

    
The Setesdal Love Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn is a play on traditional Norwegian Setesdal knitting, and it's cute, cute, cute! Color choices could really change the look of this hat.
As you can see in the photo, the Turn a Square Hat is a wonderful guy's hat, but it would be equally attractive on a woman—just choose colors accordingly. And, bonus! It's a free pattern.
Now vote for your favorite and we'll get started ASAP!

Cheers,


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Amontillada wrote
on Nov 7, 2011 8:52 AM

I've never read any reference to the Setesdal knitting tradition before. Can you tell us more about this, or point us to more about it? I'm interested in learning more about Norse knitting anyway.

Luani32 wrote
on Oct 30, 2011 9:15 PM

Like the Koolhass! The others are nice too, thou. When does it start?

Luani32 wrote
on Oct 30, 2011 9:12 PM

Like the Koolhass! The others are nice too, thou. When does it start ?

KathyS@105 wrote
on Oct 30, 2011 5:31 PM

I've admired the Koolhaas hat for awhile now.

cheridiehl wrote
on Oct 30, 2011 8:05 AM

I voted for "turn a square" because this will be my first knit along, I'm not the world's best knitter and I like the idea of a man's hat!

janetm52 wrote
on Oct 29, 2011 5:58 PM

Koolhaas would be the one I could try!

mamalee50 wrote
on Oct 29, 2011 5:16 PM

Setesdal Love Hat is my favorite

mrstaylor07 wrote
on Oct 29, 2011 3:55 PM

FELICITY HAT!

Bellisima wrote
on Oct 29, 2011 12:17 PM

Koolhaas hat. I've been wanting to knit that hat for a while now!

on Oct 29, 2011 8:33 AM

Sounds like fun. I've never been part of a KAL before and a hat seems like a good way to start.

HarrietK@5 wrote
on Oct 29, 2011 7:15 AM

When will we know which hat won?

MarieD@26 wrote
on Oct 29, 2011 5:20 AM

Koolhaas Hat.  I too have never participated in a knit along, but I would be motivated to try with the Koolhaas Hat.  Let the knitting begin!

eli2 wrote
on Oct 28, 2011 6:02 PM

Would love to try the Koolhaas Hat.  I have never participtated in a knit along, but it sounds like fun.

JT1 wrote
on Oct 28, 2011 5:39 PM

Moo haas hat

JeanneH@4 wrote
on Oct 27, 2011 5:12 PM

I have not participated in KAL before. I have just voted for my favorite hat. Now what do I do?

Angelou wrote
on Oct 27, 2011 1:35 PM

Felicity Hat :o)

LizC@25 wrote
on Oct 27, 2011 11:36 AM

I like the Koolhaas but it seems soooo expensive for a hat pattern.

lambtd01 wrote
on Oct 27, 2011 10:23 AM

Felicity Hat  please

MarliesL wrote
on Oct 27, 2011 6:17 AM

KOOLHAAS         :)

Keri Clark wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 9:20 PM

Way Koolhaass

tkklier wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 9:19 PM

Koolhass!

jaknitsea wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 8:16 PM

Koolhass Hat is my vote!  Looking forward to this KAL.

Janice in Southeastern WI

jeanrob1958 wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 8:12 PM

I vote for the The Koolhaas Hat .

dustbunny wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 4:19 PM

Filicity Hat! :-)

on Oct 26, 2011 12:36 PM

Hi PeggyH,

To vote simply click on the highlighted link in the last sentence of the blog above and click on the hat you want to knit.

Kathleen

mchalm wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 12:11 PM

The Koolhaas Hat  is my favorite

LaurieB123 wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 11:05 AM

Turn a Square does it for me!

on Oct 26, 2011 10:29 AM

The Koolhaas Hat  is my favorite

KathyJ@15 wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 10:20 AM

Is this how I vote?  Turn a Square gets mine.

mom@10 wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 10:18 AM

Am so looking forward to knitting the Kool hat - very cool indeed!

PeggyH wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 10:13 AM

your voting procedure, which I STILL haven't been able to access, is WAY TOO COMPLICATED!!!!!!!

suzannema wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 10:11 AM

the koolhaas has a elegant design; the rest is just average and doesn't have much appeal

mahaka wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 9:59 AM

The Koolhaas Hat

PatL wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 9:50 AM

Koolhaas!

GinaP@10 wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 9:31 AM

The Koolhaas hat, of course.  A Jared Flood pattern is a joy to knit and the results area always amazing.

VigdisN wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 9:28 AM

Koolhaas! :-)

doclette wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 8:30 AM

koolhaas definitely

Izzy8250 wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 8:27 AM

Koolhaas, looks interesting.

myshel wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 8:13 AM

Koolhaas hat for me please :)  This one has been in my que for ages!

Nuttly wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 6:58 AM

Koolhaas hat please

SunneG wrote
on Oct 26, 2011 6:07 AM

Never, never did a knit along.   Need to know what to do, but I am IN!!