a real FO
You got a bit of a sneak peek in my last post, but here are all the details: let me present to you the re-knitted Cherry Red! Jen kindly took some photos for me, but by the time we’d eaten and shopped, it was nearly dark. Priorities, eh?
Pattern: Rose Red by Ysolda Teague. (Ravelry link here).
Yarn: Sundara Sport Merino in Crushed Cherries. I used less than a skein: 84g to be precise.
Finished: Second time around, finished December 27th, 2010. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite count as a FO for 2011.
Modifications: I re-worked this in the medium size, but with smaller gauge and on smaller needles (3.25mm). That gave me the slouch factor that I was after but I was worried about it not staying on my head, and ending up somewhere around my chin. I decreased heavily at the band to give a tighter fit. This was fine, but maybe a tiny bit tight. Frogged back again, and re-knit as written. Third time lucky – perfect.
Comments: I mentioned previously how much I love this pattern, and that still holds true. It’s a perfect pattern, perfectly realised. I’m still not sure about the prospect of me actually wearing a hat, but I’ll give it a go for my art! I didn’t worry about blocking this version, but simply washed it and allowed it to dry flat. I decided I’d rather keep the texture than go all out for slouch.
I’ll have to say again how much I absolutely love this yarn. It’s got just the right combination of softness coupled with strength. The yarn held up well to the three rounds frogging, and I don’t get the sense that it will pill, which is quite a feat for a merino. Even more amazing is that it’s sturdy without being itchy. Incredible.
And the best bit about this yarn? I still have enough to make a whole cardigan.