I decided to knit my old roommate a hat. She likes steam punk stuff, but she doesn’t wear really feminine things so I doodled out a colorwork chart of gears. If she ever does get into more feminine stuff, I’m going to get crazy with ruffly, girly, lacy, Victorian shit. I love that stuff, but wouldn’t wear it myself.

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The motifs didn’t really end up looking like gears, especially the stuff at the bottom, but it ended up as a very handsome hat. I feel like the bottom looks more like faux argyle or something. I think it would look good as an all over pattern.

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I’m actually quite keen on this hat even though it’s A) in colors I don’t really wear and B) a beanie. My old roommate really likes earth tones and neutral colors. Not so much my thing. She also struck me as more of beanie person. I hate beanies. They look awkward on me. They mash my hair against my face and neck and give me horrible hat-hair. Despite all that, there is something I really like about this hat.

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I knit it up on 3.75mm needles using two balls of Cascade Yarns Bollicine Dolly. I love this yarn. It’s super soft and stretchy. My only beef with it is that it grew a little bit when I washed it. This is why I need to make myself always wash my swatches. The hat was a bit on the short side and fairly fitted. Now it’s deep and not super tight (but not too loose either). The growth wasn’t terrible, but it was a good reminder to always wash my swatches!

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