January 3, 2008

Irish Hiking Set

So I finally finished the Mmmmalabrigio Irish Hiking Scarf that I’ve been working on forever:
Irish Hiking Scarf
Just in time to give it to Carolyn (my bro’s girlfriend) for Christmas.
Irish Hiking Scarf

I also knit a hat to go with it:
Irish Hiking Hat

I started with the Palindrome hat loving how it incorporated the cables just on the rim…however a few rounds into it I realized that the cables are not perfectly centered on the ribs. I understand why the cables can’t be centered in order to make the pattern completely reversible but it was driving me crazy. I need things to be centered and symmetrical and perfect and even. OCD is my friend! So yeah... I started over using the cable and rib pattern from the Basic Cables Hat in Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation, then when I was 3 repeats in I switched to the directions for the body of the Palindrome hat.

Irish Hiking Hat

Best of both worlds, I think. Centered cables and squisy ribbing. Also? Love how the decreases work with the ribs - details like that in designs always make me happy:
Irish Hiking Hat
Carolyn loved the set and I’ve seen her wearing it several times. Actually I’ve been standing next to her when other people complimented it so I know it’s a success!

Oh and the yarn is Malabrigo in the colorway Oceanos. I used just under 3 skeins with size 9 needles for the scarf, size 8 for the hat.
Irish Hiking Hat and Scarf
So that’s 4 of the 5 things I made for people for Christmas...I’ll try to post the last one tomorrow!

15 comments:

  1. Those look really warm and comfortable. I love the varigation on the Malabrigo.

    I made a Basic Cable hat to go with my Irish Hiking scarf, but now I want a Palindrome hat instead! I really like the cables on just the rim as well.

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  2. Mmmmm...I love Malabrigo.

    Very nice gift you gave.

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  3. So pretty!!! I need to have things even and matchy too. I see nothing wrong with that. Why does everyone find it so strange????? OCD never hurt anyone!!

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  4. Super cute! They look so cozy!

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  5. I love that color!

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  6. Oooh pretty. I'm amazed at how well the cables came out in a non-solid yarn. Wonderful.

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  7. Mmmmmmalabrigo! Gotta love it. That color is amazing.

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  8. That set turned out beautifully. I haven't worked with Malabrigo, but after seeing all your fabulous FOs in it, I need to consider it for a forthcoming project.

    As for the stranded knitting goal in your prior post, I'd suggest you just leap in with something simple. I've just gotten to the point where I think I can do stranded knitting neatly, and it took patience to learn to knit "the other way" (English, for me). I started with mittens, which I think is a good first project because it is just a simple tube of average size. DK weight yarn (I used Heilo) is easy to work with.

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  9. What a beautiful set! It's awesome to hear the compliments first hand. ;)

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  10. Beautiful set! Happy New Year!

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  11. Gorgeous! Malabrigo is so lovely to knit, that's what I'm using right now.

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  12. MmmmmmmMalabrigo! One shop here in town has it, and I'm thinking I might need some for mittens.

    Your set for Carolyn is gorgeous!

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  13. It's beautiful. Love the colorway. Ahh to be by the ocean in warm weather right now. Bah humbugger...snow, ice, rain, cold, runny nose. Ick!

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  14. That set is absolutely gorgeous! Love how you centered the cables on the hat brim.

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