Skip to main content

Jekyll, Hyde and Some Bubbles.

While waiting for the spring weather to get back on track I've been embracing the change of seasons by knitting a couple of light-weight hats. My quest for a - I dare not say perfect but - more functional, wearable and easily mix-and-matched wardrobe has made me take a whole new approach to my knitting. Previously I only had one (my Hutchin) light hat suitable for transitional seasons, like late spring or early autumn, and everything else is thick and woolen and way too warm.

This year I've been trying to concentrate on the so called "wardrobe basics" and staple knits, to really focus on what I need to have in a functional wardrobe rather than what I find just fun to knit or quirky. I've already finished my first "essential" piece: my Exeter cardigan and casted on for another similar one but in a lighter shade of grey.

The first hat is a dark grey lace hat with striped inside which makes it reversible and very multifunctional, not to mention a bit warmer than a mere sport-weight lace hat would be. I really like this pattern by La Maison Rililie, it's something I will definitely knit again. The only modifications I made were that I didn’t do the tubular co but did a long-tail co instead using the main color and that  did one extra repeat of charts B+A and then the chart B only once to get the same row count as opposed to 3 times chart B as instructed.

I made the smallest size since I was using sport weight yarn instead of light fingering. I was aiming for the medium sized hat, and I think it turned out to be just the right size. It was nice to have a break from all the garter stitch I've been knitting lately and knit some lace instead! The desire to knit lace is also a sign of spring for me: after all the bulky yarns, chunky knits and cables that I love during the winter time, I think spring and summer is all about lighter textures and airy fabrics!

The second hat is a lovely red beanie by Joji Locatelli. I'm not sure if a bright red cap is the first thing that comes in mind when you think of wardrobe basics and things that one absolutely must own, but if you consider it for a while you might come to the same conclusion as me: a red beanie with a classic design such as this never goes out of fashion. It might never be THE accessory to have but I'd be as bold as to claim that it's never unfashionable either.

Pattern: Mrs. Jekyll & Little Hyde by La Maison Rililie
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #20 dark grey
and Drops Alpaca #100 off-white
Needles: 2.5mm and 3.0mm 

Pattern: Petites Bulles by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #16 red
Needles: 3.0mm


  1. Wow! You are fast! So many projects going off your needles the last weeks! Great hats, I really like the versatile one!

    1. I've had a few days of extra holiday from work so I've had time to just curl up in the corner of the sofa and knit :)

  2. both hat look amazing, and you look great in red! I've been wanting to knit that jekyll and hyde hat for a while... this fall, I think!

    1. I really recommend the jekyll+hyde pattern, it's such a great one, something I will definitely knit again!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Salut Chéri! Beret Pattern.

Here is the pattern for the berets I've knitted. The name for the beret is from the t-shirt I was wearing when I took the project photos of the first beret for Ravelry. I thought the name suited the beret, since it's quite classical take on the hat that has become the icon of everything French. Happy knitting!

Cloud Mittens - the Pattern part 1.

This is so long overdue, but I have now finally managed to write down the pattern for the Cloud mittens. Here it is, my Christmas present to all you guys! Enjoy!
(Here is the link to the pattern on Ravelry)

You need: 125 m or 135 yards of DK weight yarn (blue sample knit with Novita Wool, 100% wool, 135 m/ 50g) 125 m or 135 yards of sport weight yarn for the lining (blue sample: Garnstudio Drops Baby Alpaca Silk, 70% alpaca, 30% silk, 167 m/ 50 g) 
Needles: a set of 2.5 mm (US 1 1/2) DPNs or circular needles if you prefer Magic Loop method like me
Gauge: 16 stitches and 22 rows = 5 cm (2 inches)

To fit an average woman hand
Intermediate knitting skills required

(By Far) The Easiest Way to K4Tog.

I have published earlier a post on an easy way to k4tog - knit 4 stitches together - which is an essential stitch in my Cloud mitten pattern. As you might already know it is a bit challenging especially with 2.5 mm bamboo needles that not only have sharp tips but are bendy and especially prone to snapping. Stubborn as I am, I wasn't going to give up and change the design just to make it easier to knit. So I came up with the idea of using a tiny crochet hook to pull the working stitch through other three. 
I was planning to use this same method when knitting the second pair of Cloud mittens, but alas, I couldn't find the hook anywhere. I seem to have misplaced it and I just can't remember where I put it... And as you know I don't crochet often so the second smallest hook I had was size 3.5 mm which didn't work for this purpose for obvious reasons. 
So I was back to square one trying to figure out how to do the k4tog in an easy way when I got the idea of reversing t…