Handknit Week: Lifted Twill Hat & Giant Cable Scarf

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lifted Twill Hat

This pattern was written by Karen Kendrick-Hands, the owner of City Knits in Detroit. While I was in the shop back in December buying a swift, she, ever the salesperson, convinced me to buy yarn to make her hat project.

I loved this pattern so much I didn’t mind making it twice! My first attempt was so tiny and I was completely oblivious to the fact while knitting it. I had first had intentions of making a larger version of the helmet hat (7 pattern repeats instead of 5). Even still, the hat was too small. So I jumped up needle sizes from an 11 to a 15 and added an extra pattern repeat (8 total). The 8 pattern repeats was a little overkill, so the hat generously covers my head. I decided to skip out on the helmet hat directions because I already had plenty of ear coverage and completed the hat with an I-cord edge instead.

This was my first time using Misti Alpaca Chunky (Solid and Hand-painted). I cannot compliment this yarn enough. It is so soft, squishy and warm!

Pattern: Lifted Twill Hat – Simple Hat (with modified I-cord edge) IK Winter 2008
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Chunky    Brown & Lily Pad
Needle: 15 on the final version
Size: Large, with an additional pattern repeat
Ravelry Link: craftr's Lifted Twill hat

Giant Cable Scarf

At long last, knitted items that coordinate. After falling in love with this yarn while using it for my Lifted twill hat, I bought another skein and made a long cable scarf with the new skein and the leftovers from my hat. This knit up quickly and was the fastest scarf that I’ve ever made. Now, with the hat and scarf I have hand knit outdoor accessories that match!

Pattern: Giant Cable Scarf
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky Lily Pad
Needle: Size 13
Size: 3” x 80”
Ravelry Link: craftr's Giant Cable Scarf


  1. I love it all! What a great yarn.

  2. Your creations are beautiful! I don't knit very well - cables are so curious to me.

  3. i like the way that different colors are peeking through tiny brown windows on the hat!

  4. I love the scarf. It is wonderful! I really need to learn to knit, your stuff is so beautiful! You are so inspiring. I love the hat(s). I'm glad you found a modification that works.

  5. Wow, you have been really busy knitting. Looks great!

  6. i love them both!!! i love that they match, but that the hat has another color added to it. just perfect!!!

  7. mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, I am in love with that yarn. Your hats and scarf are really lovely. I like to match too. :~)

  8. I so get what you mean about hand knits that match. It always seems like there's another color or yarn calling your name when you finish one piece. Beautiful work.


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