Ruched Hats

I experimented with some ruched hat designs last year and was inspired to try again with the general tam pattern I’ve been using. This first one used up the rest of two skeins I had left over from another hat. Once the decreases started, I stopped adding stitches for the ruche and kept the needle size the same, which made the rows between multi-color panels more pronounced.

Pattern: Ruched Tam – version 1
Source: Original pattern
Yarn: Leftover skeins, pink and multi-red
Completed: 01.22.11
Available on Etsy

I decided to try another modified version where all the panels to the crown are ruched, adding stitches and changing needle sizes to keep the texture the same throughout the hat. The tweed yarn works nicely with this pattern.

Pattern: Ruched Tam – version 2
Source: Original pattern
Yarn: Lionbrand Fisherman’s Wool, maple tweed, 100% wool
Completed: 01.23.11
Available on Etsy

Ribbed Socks

With a pause in projects, I decided to make myself a pair of socks. I used the  the last pattern and simplified it by leaving off the twining cable pattern making it a simple rib. I also kept the modifications to the toe. I used Paton’s Kroy Socks FX yarn in the Copper Colors colorway. I like the variation of the color, it always looks different once its knit up.

Pattern: Modified Conwy Socks
Source: Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
Yarn: 2 skeins Patons Krowy Socks FX, Copper Colors
Completed: January 20, 2011

Orange Conwy Socks

I decided to try my hand at making socks this fall and made my first pair with great success. After a long fall of knitting other items, I have finally gotten around to making a second pair with this beautiful orange Sockease yarn by Lion Brand. While it is a bit pricier per skein, there is more than enough to make a pair of long socks. This pair uses the Conwy pattern in Nancy Bush’s book Knitting on the Road. I did modify the toe shaping by decreasing only at the sides of the toe and then using a Kitchener stitch at the end to finish it off. I like the toe sitting flat without any stitches bunching in the middle.