As promised I made a second cyclone hat. I wanted something a little thinner, a little more spring. The two layers the original cyclone hat is made from make for a warm and cozy hat in winter, but Berlin winters are long and often pretend to be nice spring days, when then they show you their windy side and you get cold again. So an airier hat was totally up my alley.
The original pattern is here.
for this version I used:
yarn: madelinetosh Prairie in georgia o keefe (the dark blue lace side) and kitten (the grey of the stripes and the ribbing) and undergrowth (sky blue)
modifications: well first this one is slouchy. I simply elongated both halves about 2 cm. So the total hat (before folding and grafting) was app. 54cm. This gives a nice length to just fall behind and slouch a little.
I made one half in a simple stockinette with a few stripes and for the brim I held the madelintosh double to achieve a slightly thicker ribbing, which would be tight and warm.
The other half is a lace pattern from Barbara Walkers second treasury of knitting patterns. (I love these books, they are a true treasury) The stitch pattern I used is “chinese lace”.
I find very fascinating how different the twist of the top looks depending on the thickness of the fabric it’s made off. Mine lays in quite a few folds and I’ve seen some (on ravelry) which are thicker and that twist/fold up to four times only. Anyhow this one is my new favourite. Due to the wide ribbing on the stripy side it’s tight over the ears and won’t let wind in and yet the whole thing feels like a cloud, rarely have I touched something so delicate.
I must say that at the moment I prefer to wear the dark blue side out. The colour makes my face look healthier somehow. The light blue compliments my eyes very much and the colour suits me too, but the dark just pops more if you know what I mean 😀
Here you can see a few more in progress pictures and also see the whole tube this is made of. For the pattern click here.