Originally published Friday, October 30, 2009
I decided my beautiful Dale of Norway sweater, Gjende, needed a companion. I had yarn left over and it was just begging to be turned into a matching hat.
Using my spreadsheet program, Numbers, I charted the two eight-stitch motifs from the Gjende sweater. I cast on 112 stitches, a multiple of eight, and made a beanie. Where the blue yarn transitions to the red, I knitted a round that alternates blue and red. I had originally planned to do one round of alternating blue and white, then a round of alternating red and white–a checkerboard effect. But while I was knitting, I decided to try a round of alternating blue and red stitches.
I liked the way it looked, so I canned the checkerboard design.
Hats like this take no time at all to make. I completed this one in two days. I will look really spiffy when I go out walking this winter wearing my beautiful Norwegian ski sweater and matching hat. Now I suppose I’ll have to make matching mittens. ☺