Friday, February 12, 2010
I just finished knitting a helmet liner using the pattern from Paton's with Universal Yarn's Classic Worsted Tapestry yarn in Forrest. It was a lot easier to knit than I thought. The only problem I ran into was in picking up the 52 stitches after knitting the top of the liner. I ended up with five stitches too many. I spaced these out and did K2tog around and the rest flowed easily. The liner would not be good to use for military purposes according to the pattern unless made of 100% wool due to flammability of acrylic. Just something to keep in mind. I'm not planning to donate this one, but to use it as a sample for my displays. This would make a nice charity project for a group to donate to the soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan as I understand the nights can be rather chilly there. A better yarn to suggest might be Universal's Deluxe Worsted (100% wool) in City Turf or Bronze Brown. But, for just personal use in the snow and cold winter weather, the 20% wool in this blend will be very warm. I love the tapestry yarns. They look like you've spent hours knitting with several different skeins of yarn, when you've only used one. The yarn is stamped with a pattern of colors so that, when you knit, the pattern forms itself. It's so much fun to see it develop while your knitting flows. I love the way the top part of the hat turns itself into a pointed star shape. I used a combination ribbed bind-off to finish. It leaves more flexibility than a straight knitted bind-off. If you haven't tried this one, it's done the same way you would do if doing a straight knitted bind-off, except that you purl where you purled in the rib stitching before. You still pass the first stitch over the second one each time.
My next project? Hmm....