Hiya Hiya knitting needles, Malabrigo Rios, and the knitting the Ferramenta Hat

Posted by on February 16, 2014 at 7:19 am.

I finally got around to casting on for the intricate Ferramenta Hat, but first I had to rewind the lovely skeins of Malabrigo Rios yarn in Pedras. I’m so glad I did, the first skein was fine, but the last skein was tangled. I didn’t discover that until I started rewinding. After about 40 minutes, I was able to remove all the tangles without cutting the yarn!

Malabrigo Rios in Pedras_3

I’m loving this yarn even more after it was rewound

I put them side by side in two neat yarn cakes, aren’t they pretty?

Malabrigo Rios in Pedras_2

Ready to start knitting, all I need are my Hiya Hiya sharps!

The next step was to retrieve the pattern, which I did…

Ferramenta Knitted hat beginning_casting on_1

Casting on the stitches, don’t bother me while I’m counting!

and then start casting on, yep did that too! The pattern calls for size 6 knitting needles to cast on, but I after reading a few comments by people who’d knitted this hat, I decided to drop down a few more sizes and ended at a size 4. I like the brim to have a snug fit.  I pulled out my Hiya Hiya sharps and started knitting.

Ferramenta Knitted hat beginning_3

Five rows of seed stitch, four more to do…

Since I did not like the rolled hat brim that the pattern suggested, I decided that I would see how I liked using moss stitch, and I must say that I’m thrilled with the choice, I think it looks great and will fit with the intricate cables designs of this hat. Once I’m finished the moss stitch section, I’ll swap out my Hiya Hiya sharp interchangeable for a larger size or two. We’ll see….

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