I stayed up last night until I had finished the hat for my cousin Brian and wove in the ends after I got to work (hence the photo was done with the clinic camera, rather than my fancy schmancy one). He'll be on leave when I'm in North Carolina next week, so I'll get to give it to him before he ships out for Afghanistan.
The design is my own, but fairly basic & based on a 2 x 1 rib. I did a baby cable in the black, which adds some visual interest and makes a thicker fabric, 'cause it's going to be cold in Afghanistan. The shaping is roughly based on the London Beanie, so it's nice and snug to be able to fit under a helmet. The yarn is Berocco Pure Merino, which is a cabled, worsted weight superwash yarn and very soft. And as with pretty much anything I make, there's a little bit of cat hair thrown in - just for good luck.
I picked the colors because a) they're basic guy colors that I knew Brian would like, and b) they fit the guidelines for the Ships Project.
What a nice hat! Hope your cousin is over and back quickly. My BIL was in Kabul for 6 months. Joined the Guard at 45 and they hauled him over! Go figure, but he's a lawyer. Are you and/or David going to the Portland Flower show? I'll be there Thurs and Fri, details on my blog, stop in and visit!
That cap is amazing. I love the cable! You rock, sir.
I echo what Sean said. It's perfect, and so very thoughtful, Mel. Fingers crossed that it cloaks your cousin with the best of luck.
It's great Mel. I really like it!
It's an awesome hat! I hope it will be a short and safe tour of duty for him.
Excellent hat, Mel. Also, congrats on your Cute with Chris tribute. =)
Thank you Mel. I know he's going to love it. He will be assigned to the Provisional Reconstruction Team at Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan, for one year. And, FYI, I sent seven baby caps and two scarves to the Dulaan Project, which I heard about on your blog. Of course I bought them! I am not as crafty as you. (Aunt Fran)
hmmmm..Iam going over to my strash box..start knitting hat!!!
If I weren't so caught up in the Dulaan Project, I think the other charity knitting project I could really get behind is the Ships Project. Wonderful hat, Mel!
Well the flower show was more of a garden show. Displays of landscaping and garden ideas versus flower arrangements. But if you go, check out the (I think it was called) Mexican casita. Two of the flowers there were similar to what had popped into my mind for a "guy wedding". Not sure what they're called, but one is a tall calla lily looking flower, and the other is a huge pendant nicotiana/tobacco type flower. Both white-pure but not virginal!
You probably already know about these folks, but I thought I'd mention 'em just the same:
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