Friday, May 11, 2007

Dyeing with Mixed Success

Another hat for charity is complete. This one was made with the old version of Emu Superwash, a DK weight 100% wool that is much scratchier than the new version. I acquired the grey yarn on a swap site and dyed it with Wilton cake dye using Sky Blue, "Barney" purple (don't ask) and green liquid food coloring. I tried to space the colors out so there would be one stripe per row without total success but I came close. The purple tends to pop out in the photo but the colors are actually more balanced. This will go to a charity collection and I hope the recipient doesn't mind the less than perfect result. The hat is resting on our roses, which are in full bloom.

Needle Beetle Seaman's Cap which is my favorite charity hat pattern. It is extremely easy to make and the tall foldover provides a second layer to keep the wearer's ears warm. I cast on 102 stitches.
Needles: Inox grey sizes 4 (3.5 mm.) & 5 (3.75 mm.).
Yarn: Emu Superwash DK, 50 g balls, no yardage given; I used 63.3 grams.
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch on size 5 needles in st st in the round.
Size: 17.5" circumference, 8.25" high from foldline to crown, child's large.
Begun: 3/11/07
Completed: 4/23/07

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