FO: Koolhaas hat

There were a couple birthdays last week.  My sister had a mini-milestone birthday, and the same day Lucas’s roommate had a birthday too.  I decided to make something for Sky because I felt like it, and it would be his first hand-knit gift.  I knew that he was super particular and was going to be hard to please.  But how can you go wrong with Malabrigo?

When I told Lucas that I was thinking of making this hat in navy blue, he worried that that would be too vibrant.  Navy blue = too vibrant?!?  I happened to have some leftover black Malabrigo worsted that would fit the bill.  I went for the Koolhaas hat since I have been meaning to make it for years.

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Pattern: Koolhaas by Jared Flood

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Black, about half a skein?

Needles: US8 for the body, and US 6 for the ribbing

Start Date: March 2, 2014

Finish Date: March 5, 2014

I didn’t do a gauge swatch.  It is super stretchy, so I would maybe go down a needle size next time.  Even though it was for a guy, I did only 4 repeats instead of the 5.  I have a large head and it fit me perfectly, so I went with it.  I don’t have any pictures of Sky wearing it, I just got some iPhone photos of me.

The yarn is basically pitch black, so it is hard to see the pattern detailing on it.  Also, this black picks up tiny fuzz and hair like crazy!  If I were to make this hat again, I would probably use a crisper yarn for better stitch definition.

Oh, and the response?  Eh.  He was super appreciative to me, but Lucas suspected that when he was wearing it, it wasn’t quite the kind of hat that he would wear.  Oh well.  If it ends up at Goodwill, then hopefully someone will love it.  I probably should have made something for my sister instead because she is super knitworthy!

Oh, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I am currently knitting a green baby sweater.  And if you are looking for a kick-ass St. Patrick’s Day dessert, I would recommend the Irish Cream Bundt Cake from allrecipes.com.  I made it a couple years ago and it was a huge hit.  It is one of those cheater recipes that uses cake mix and pudding mix, but if you love Bailey’s, you will love this crazy moist cake.  I think I will make it for a potluck I am going to on Saturday.

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