Variations on a Theme Challenge: Structure & Weight

In our ongoing Variations on a Theme Challenge, we’ve talked about striping and other colorwork variations of the 1898 Hat pattern (Ravelry pattern page) that MKG knitters have made.

Before we kick off our second pattern, we’ll tackle differences in structure and weight in the 1898 Hat by our intrepid service knitters!

 


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Barbara Rice (babsknits126 on Ravelry) had a lonely skein of Lopi in her stash and knit it into a hat that looks like a Viking helmet! Lopi is bulky yarn so she decided the doubled ear flaps might be too thick and made the earwarmer section with one layer. She knitted a built-in I-cord on the lower edge.

Can’t you just see this in purple (with horns!) at a Vikings’ game?

 

 

Elise Frederick (skqFurElise on Ravelry) went the opposite way with her yarn choice, using doubled sport weight yarn for two hats in order to use up remnants from finished projects or UFOs she knew she didn’t really want to finish (one of them being 30 years old!).

Her navy hat, knit on size 8 needles, matches the gauge specified in the pattern, resulting in a 19″ circumference while the darker blue hat, knit on size 9s, resulted in a 21″ circumference.

 

 

Some knitters added interest to the crown of the hat, like Heike Tschautscher with a mistake stitch rib:

 

… and Julie Muehlberg (woolyjooly on Ravelry) with an I-cord bouquet. Julie’s version is knit on size 7 needles with West Yorkshire Spinnery Croft yarn in color Bixter.

 

 

The next hat, one of mine (artistnumber91 on Ravelry), looks like a standard hat from the outside…

…but has a secret pocket inside the headband! The pocket, which closes with a snap was created by picking up only the outside layer of the headband for 14 stitches, then both layers for the rest of the headband. The two layers of the headband were sewn together at the two sides of the pocket.

 

Roxanne Richardson (Rox on Ravelry) knit her variation with a two-layer crown, resulting in a reversible hat. She picked up stitches from the wrong side of only one edge of the headband to create the outer hat and so that the slipped stitch edge created a decorative transition from band to crown. The outer hat, knit with Cascade 220, is shown directly below.

She picked up stitches from the wrong side of the other edge of the headband for the inner crown. She didn’t have enough Cascade for the entire inner crown, so that was knit with some woolen-spun Zwartbles yarn:

 

We close with one more colorwork version, this one from Amy Jabas (knittinginpublic on Ravelry), using Plymouth Encore Worsted. She knit the slip stitches that create the fold on the headband in a different color, then added a little bit of color after joining the headband to the crown.

 


 

A warm thank you to everyone who shared their photos and descriptions and to all the knitters who are participating in our service knitting projects!
Stay tuned for Round 2 of the Variations on a Theme challenge.

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Jess Dahlberg

Newsletter Editor

Jess learned to knit in middle school and attempted (but never quite finished) a few garter stitch scarves. Years later, she picked up crochet with her best friend in law school and eventually fell back into knitting. Ever since then, she's been a daily knitter (commuting time for the win!) and has never looked back. She enjoys knitting gifts for friends and family and loves trying new techniques. (she, her, hers)

Laura Haave

Great Guild Getaway Committee Chair

Laura learned to knit in 2003 by taking a four-week class during MIT's annual January Independent Activities Period. The class project was a striped hat knit in the round, and since that time, Laura has been a big advocate of 1) helping other adults learn to knit for the first time, 2) hats as a manageable first project, and 3) circular needles for everything. She enjoys thinking about knitting and planning her next project almost as much as she enjoys actually knitting. Laura is highly motivated by knit-alongs and loves to knit in community. (she, her, hers)

Anne Rojas

Librarian

Janese Evans

Yarnover Committee Chair

Bio to come. (she,her,hers)

Kate Westlund

Social Media and Technology Director

(Term 2, Year 3)

Kate became enthralled with knitting when she was a young girl and saw a fellow young person knitting on a plane. She implored her mother to teach her everything she knew, which as it turned out was only casting on and the knit stitch. Once Kate learned to purl froma beginner's kit, there was no end in sight. Kate is the type of knitter who doesn’t always swatch, which is often obvious in her finished projects.

Melissa Mintern

Marketing and Outreach Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Melissa has been knitting for 15 years. She loves socks and sweaters. She is a new member who hopes to use her marketing background to lift up the MKG. While she isn't local to MN, she really loves the atmosphere created by the Guild. Melissa and significant other Al enjoy traveling, wherein Al graciously offers to drive so Melissa can knit in the passenger seat. (she, her, hers)

Nikky Heidel

Membership Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Nikky was first introduced to knitting in 2012 when her visiting sister-in-law taught her the basics of casting on and the knit stitch. A few weeks later, she learned how to purl from her mother-in-law. From there, it quickly became a passion and she has taken on each new project with a desire to expand her skill and discover new techniques. She loves a good mystery (knit-a-long) and knits way more shawls than a single person can wear in a month.

Betsy Preston

Service Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Betsy never had patience for knitting, until she found herself spending a lot of time at little league games and waiting for the last kid to emerge from the locker room after swim practice. With her background in graphic design, stranded colorwork has a natural appeal. Not to mention the practicality of an extra layer of warmth. Betsy has recently begun publishing her original hat and cowl patterns, which are available on Ravelry. (she, her, hers) (See our Service Knitting Page for more information about our current projects and donation process.)

Position Currently Open

Programming Director

(Three-year term)

This board position is currently open. If you are interested in helping to source and book teachers and speakers for Guild meetings, please contact Kathy at [email protected]

Rose Tobelmann

Treasurer

(Term 1, Year 3)

Rose learned to knit from her mother at the age of ten. She started knitting on the ends of small paint brushes. She continued to knit off and on through her teenage and young adult years and became a more avid knitter after taking a Norwegian sweater knitting class through community education. Today, knitting has become a passion and she knits for charity, herself, and her family her stash. She enjoys meeting other knitters and learning new techniques.

Kelsey Sorenson

President

(Term 1, Year 2)

Kelsey learned the knit stitch from her grandmother in middle school, and filled in the gaps enough to make lots of scarves for quite a few years. She began expanding her skills in college and is always looking to learn more. Kelsey is drawn toward projects that are seamless or include stranded colorwork. (she, her, hers)

Kelly Amoth

Vice President

(Term 1, Year 2)

A visiting friend from Seattle taught Kelly the very basics of knitting (a twisted loop cast on and just the knit stitch) in 2008 before flying home. Turning to the internet (thanks knittinghelp.com!) Kelly taught herself through a lot of trial and error. Uncontent to keep knitting the scarf she’d started as her first project, she jumped into knitting a pair of striped mittens for her non-knitter, but very knitworthy, twin sister. Twelve years later the mittens are still in her sister’s glove box, and Kelly is usually horrified when she pulls them out and sees the mistakes she made using double pointed needles for the first time. Kelly loves knitting socks and is thankful for the many months of cold weather when she gets to exclusively wear her handknits. (she, her, hers)

Kathy Lewinski

President

(Term 1, Year 2)

Kathy has always been into crafts, but didn’t teach herself to knit until after college. She really got hooked while living in San Francisco when a friend opened a knitting store. To pitch in, Kathy started knitting up fun (and odd) things for window displays, as well as teaching classes. In the last couple of years, she has started designing her own knitting patterns (many of them available for free on Ravelry!) with toys and mittens being her primary obsessions. (she/her/hers)