2016 Finished Projects [number three]

Here'a another project I finished back in the winter: So Fly by Justyna Lorkowska (aka Lete's Knits on Ravelry)! Justyna is one of my favorite designers. She has such a wide variety of patterns to choose from: hats, shawls, cardigans, pullovers - all beautiful and precisely designed. The photographs that accompany all of her patterns are also always wonderful. I think her husband is a photographer so it makes sense!

I've had a hank of a deep purple Malabrigo Rios in Purpuras in my stash for a long time. I think I got it on sale back when All About Ewe was still open and there was only one hank left! I'd been waiting on the perfect hat pattern for it, and since this pattern called for Rios, I knew it was time to wind that skein and knit her up!

I ended up ripping out this hat after a couple inches because something looked off to me. In between the large cable sections are little twists. I think I may have skipped a round at one point, which throws those off more than the large cables. Instead of attempting to fix the pattern myself some point down the line, I decided to just rip it out and start again. I'm glad I did!

I actually swatched this hat (gasp!) but it still turned out a little smaller than I was expecting. (The photo on the left shows how it looked just after casting off. Color isn't accurate at all - see other photo below!) After my initial blocking attempt, I still wasn't pleased with the fit so ended up blocking it again. It's still not as slouchy as the one in the photo, buuuut I also have a huge head and poofy hair, so that could have everything to do with it!

I think that when the fall rolls around once more and I start wearing this hat again, I'll block this one more aggressively for a third time so I have more slouch! If I made this hat again, I'd stick with smaller needles for the brim and go up a needle size or two for the body of the hat. :)

Thanks for reading! Let me know what's on your needles in the comments below!

Until next time... happy knitting!