Friday, January 25, 2013

FO Friday 122

Happy Friday and a big happy birthday to my sister! I spoke too soon on the weather, as it's getting colder and is supposed to rain for the next 4 days. I'm not complaining as I LOVE rain, especially on the weekend! Thanks for all the kind words on my Color Affection shawl! It's coming a long great, as I've been working on it the past few nights. I can't wait to show the progress Wednesday.


I finally finished my hat! I still need to block it, but not sure what's the best way to go about it. This is my first slouchy hat, and right now it kind of looks like a condom on my head, or makes me look like a cone head. Do any of you have suggestions on ways to block it so it's more slouchy and wider up top? I do love the way it knit up and love how the colorway worked with the pattern.

Materials used:

Pattern: Hinagiku Hat

Needles: Size US 6

Yarn:  Candy Skein Juicy Sport in Robin Egg Malt Ball


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21 comments:

  1. You know, I've never done well with the slouchy hats. I think they look silly on me so all the hats that are supposed to be slouchy wind up being beanies on me. I'm okay with that.

    I have no idea how to block them either, sadly :(

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  2. I'm not a blocker, but I have seen people using a saucer to block berets. Maybe you could use a bowl? Have a nice Friday.

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  3. "Condom on my head"... bahahahaa.. that's too funny. It looks amazing and nothing at all like a condom :-)

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  4. Really great hat, so pretty.

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  5. Haha, you just made me laugh out loud !!!! i love the variegated green. I'm new to blocking so sorry I can't help. Deb x

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  6. I don't tend to block mine, but if you want more of that shape..as someone said a bowl might work or a dinner plate...

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  7. I also think a bowl might be helpful. I block hats over a turned vase that is very round and wide. I sometimes even put a bowl over it to make the form a bit rounder/bigger. Here is a picture that shows the vase in blocking action: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drachenline/8412902515/

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  8. Perhaps you could get just the top wet and let the weight of it pull it larger as it dries?...but oh, the folks suggesting bowls and things sound very wise.

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  9. Two ideas for wet-blocking

    1. Bend a metal coathanger into the shape you need and slip it over that (a la sock blockers)
    2. Fill a plastic shopping bag with newspaper, stick it inside your hat, add or remove and scrunch around newspaper until hat is necessary (unprophylactic) shape.

    Or a plate/bowl, you know, whatever :D

    condom hat *snigger*

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  10. I've blocked a few slouchy hats, and I did what some people already suggested, once wet put it over a plate. It worked well. Just the fact of wetting it will make it more slouchy. Good luck!

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  11. The hat looks great! Thanks for asking that question about blocking - I read with interest the comments on how to do that. Let us know if you try something.

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  12. You hat is gorgeous. I've heard you can use a plate to stretch it out a wee bit at the end. I have used a plate for a beret and that worked well. Perhaps too big for a slouch though, maybe use a bowl?

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  13. You certainly know how to make a girl snort out her coffee. As many have said, bowls and plates work well. I hope this works as no one needs a condom head.

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  14. I think it looks great! I always block my slouchy hats over a big bowl, almost a serving bowl of sorts - wider rather than deeper - and I get a perfect-for-me slouch everytime!

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  15. I use balloons on anything besides berets, in which case I use a plate/bowl combo. But I have the most success with balloons because you can make them just smaller than your head, and they're relatively the same shape.

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  16. I've never even knit a hat so I am no help to you...sorry. I'm a better crocheter than knitter but I'm getting there in the knitting category slowly but surely. I saw your "buttons" over at Ruth's Little Leprechauns so finally decided to "join up". I'll always have something for WIP Wednesday! Plenty of those! LOL! Thanks for these groups and this blog.

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  17. Slouchy hats are funny to work with the shape. My guess is you'll like it a bit longer so it slouches more. The kids pattern I made had a pom pom on the end which weighted the hat so it naturally slouched. You could block it longer then add a stitch or two to attach in at the base of the neck?...just an idea. You've got several good ones! Let us know what you end up doing!

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  18. I have found that soaking hats in wool wash really softens up the yarn and relaxes it. You could try ti pin out the top more?

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  19. Yay, I can't wait to get started. Great meme!

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  20. thnx, never linked up your party before...
    does it work without pics added??

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  21. Hi Tami,
    Your hat inspired me to write a post about my blocking tools/helpers...
    Thanks Christina

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