March 31, 2008

Dreams of Spring Hats

So I designed these hats for this inbetween time.
malabrigo  hats

It’s still cold enough that working with wool is more than appropriate, but the thought of starting a long-term project like a sweater is just too depressing because really, now, it’s supposed to be spring.
malabrigo hats

Not quite ready for cotton but not quite able to work on anything large.
malabrigo & merino hat
Plus I really wanted to see how the single ply of Malabrigo looked against a twisted double ply yarn. I was thinking the contrast would help the Malabrigo pop and look more jeweled:
malabrigo & patons hat
I think that effect was very successful.

I also wanted to work with floral motifs that reminded me of spring – but not to make them too flowery. I wanted graphic flowers, not frou-frou flowers. malabrigo and alpaca hat

So I started with my stitch dictionary and played until I got the look I wanted.
malabrigo & alpaca hat
malabrigo & patons hat
I really enjoyed designing and knitting these two hats. I hope you guys like them, too!

Dreams of Spring Hat I
(the pink and green version)
malabrigo & alpaca hat
Knit out of Berocco Ultra Alpaca in Olive and Malabrigo in Geranio.

Dreams of Spring Hat II
(the blue and white version)
malabrigo and merino hat
Knit out of Patons Classic Merino in White and Malagbrigo in Oceanos.
EDITED TO ADD:
Both are now pdf downloads. They are also available as a Ravelry download in my pattern store.

25 comments:

  1. beautiful! I can't wait to make this! Thanks for sharing your talents!

    Angela in cincinnati

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  2. Very pretty - thanks!

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  3. It's a good thing we have this in between time of not really winter/not quite spring; without it, we wouldn't have your lovely hats!

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  4. Wow Jeanne, they're beautiful!

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  5. I LUV them!! Great design work! And they are "just right"! You reminded me of Goldies Locks when you were describing being in the "tweens" of seasons/knitting projects!

    I can't wait to try out your pattern one day as it will be greatto get some fair isle/color stranding in!

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  6. Awesome! They're both so pretty! I especially love the green and pink one. I look forward to the Ravelry pdf!

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  7. These are very pretty!!

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  8. Those hats are so pretty - I am especially in love with the blue and white one.

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  9. Wow, those are incredible!!

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  10. gorgeous! you're so talented, girlie!

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  11. The hats are lovely. If you knit as slowly as I do (or decide to pick something insanely complicated) the sweater won't be finished until the fall. There is, of course, the problem of touching wool in the summer, but I like to have a shawl to fall back on.

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  12. So in my random wanderings in Ravelryland - I saw the blue one and favorited it immediately, only to look at the patterna dn see it was yours - no wonder I love it. And I just saw you mentioned on the Daily Chum!! Squee! Very exciting!

    PS - love the hats.

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  13. Jeanne, these are lovely. I really like the green one!! Did you see this?
    http://www.limenviolet.com/blog/?p=2779

    :)

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  14. Very pretty! Nice job!!

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  15. Rosie9:26 AM

    Those are gorgeous! I may just have to start whipping those up for Christmas gifts this year! No time to start like now! Wonderful!

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  16. These are drop-jaw gorgeous.

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  17. I just finished your Dreams of Spring 1 hat. It turned out beautifully! I did mine in chocolate brown and pink. I still have to block it and take pictures of it. How did you go about blocking your hats?

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing. I think this may be in the "near future" line up on the que!

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  19. Wooh, I am so behind on your blog, I am sorry!!! These hats are gorgeous - I love the cream and blue one!

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  20. Sorry to have missed ya at KF. I had a nice time too. The Market was kinda blah this year. Seemed smaller.

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  21. Very nice hat :)
    Added this to my ravelry queue.

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  22. Anonymous6:53 AM

    So far I've made two "Dreams of Spring 1". It was my first foray into two-color knitting. You made it so easy, I'm now emboldened to learn Fair Isle and Intarsia in earnest. Many thanks for sharing this beautiful pattern. Im working on a third iteration - dark green background with the floral pattern in varigated yarn of gold and rose tones.

    ssc - sacramento, ca

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  23. tizadu12:49 PM

    Oh my God - I LOVE this hat!
    What an inspiring piece - it's sites like this that make me want to rush home & start creating beautiful things again.
    Thanks for this site; I'm sure I will be visiting again many times!

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