Handspun Hat Recipe!By
When I was spinning Peggy I kept wondering if spinning was supposed to be this hard. I practically had to manhandle the fiber to draft it, and ended up drafting very thin, almost to pencil roving, to make it go. Looking back, I’m amazed that I spun it all.
My next braid was 100% pure alpaca and it drafted like butter. At first, I almost ruined it because I was manhandling it at the beginning.
I ended up spinning most of it at the show; folks were so fascinated by the wheel that many people came by just to see what I was doing :)
After navajo plying, this was my final skein, 117 yards! It was the first skein of mine that was even enough in thickness for me to measure a wpi, which came to 10. The internet is fickle on this point, but it seemed I was looking at a DK weight.
Now, finally spinning up something relatively even demands that you knit something with it. I only had 117 yards though, so what to do?
Shireen’s Precious Handspun Hat!
Works with DK weight to worsted. You’ll need a minimum of 100 yards.
- Weigh your yarn
- Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches on 4.5mm needles (16” circular or dpns)
- Work in 2×2 ribbing for 1.5 inches
- Work in stockinette (knit every row) until about 1/5 of your yarn is left. (Weigh it again to check, or just eyeball if it you like to live dangerously)
Row 1: *knit 8, k2tog* repeat
Row 2: knit all stitches
Row 3: *knit 7, k2tog* repeat
Row 4: knit all stitches
Row 5: *knit 6, k2tog* repeat
Row 6: knit all stitches
See the pattern?
Continue until you have half the stitches you started with. At this point, drop the rows of plain stockinette and work every round as a decrease round until you have 16 stitches left.
Break your yarn leaving a 6” tail. Thread a tapestry needle with the tail, cinch the top of the hat shut and weave in your ends.
Block it, and rock it!
I’ve had wool that I’ve fought with and wondered why – there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to it…..I suppose there are experts out there who can tell us but I don’t know them.
Hooray on your hat!
Meant to say – spinning in public is to women like construction is to men…