Striped Hat

This is my first hat.  It's made from sport-weight alpaca on 2.5mm (US #1) needles.  The pattern (and yarn) is from Blue Sky Alpacas. 

I had a good time with this project, and started keeping a notebook of gauges and things I've learned while knitting.  Top on the list for this, my first wearable project: even if you get the gauge right and follow the pattern, that doesn't mean it's going to fit!  I'm not sure felting is an option--the green might bleed into the white.  Luckily, I can roll the bottom up (as in the pic) to get a better fit.  

Question: does one block a hat like this?

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By all means, block the hat -- it will look much sharper for the effort. And, yes, most alpaca felts. But be careful -- you may wind up donating the hat to the premies if you get carried away with the felting.

Have fun, 

Aaronknits's picture

Very nice work!  I love the striping and the shade of green you used.  I haven't used alpaca yet.  And yes, I too would defintely recommend blocking.

Knipper's picture

Putting my vote in for blocking the hat.  It looks great and you will enjoy it.  Alpaca is wonderful to knit with.

JPaul's picture

If you knitted a gauge swatch with both colors, you can use that to test the green for colorfastness, or if you have a bit of leftover yarn in both colors you can knit up a sample to use.  Then you will know for sure before you get it wet.

If it's only a little too small, try just fulling it a bit in the sink.  That way you have a lot of control over the process.  You may find that dunking it in a sink of hot water and squishing it a few times will be all you need.  You don't have to felt it until you lose all stitch definition.  Then just roll it up in a towel and squeeze out the excess water and lay it out to dry.  Or, if you must, block it on a bowl or form or something.

But it IS a stocking cap.  It get's stretched over your head.  It gets stuffed in your pocket when you take it off.  There's a difference between finishing by steaming it or giving it a soak so the yarn blooms or relaxes and blocking to shape.  You don't really need to block a stocking cap unless you're going to display it instead of wear it.

kiwiknitter's picture

Jordan,  What a great hat!  Your knitted stitches are so perfect and the colours are very attractive.  How about a picture of you inside the hat?  Well done!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Gabriel's picture

Love the hat! Colors are great.....and would love to know what the pattern looked like...I love the deceasing for the top! Well done.

Jordan's picture

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks!  Here's a link to where I found the pattern: 

Unfortunately, you can't buy the pattern from that page--I got it from a local yarn shop.  I made the smallest one (on the right side of the picture).  The decreases slant one direction for a while (SSK), then after half of the rows, slant back the other way (K2tog).   

Jordan's picture

Thanks to everyone for your comments.  I've tallied the votes, and added a dose of JPaul's common sense (it is a stretchy, stuff it in my pocket kind of hat), and am going to give it a light steam-type blocking.