Bamboo cable knit hat

As a person who admittedly likes everything just-so, I like to have a hat and a pair of gloves in the pockets of all of my winter coats. I’m very likely to forget one or the other if I just grab a coat out of the closet. And I have lots of coats. So when I bought my newest coat, a long, black pea coat, I had a cute striped scarf and gloves but no hat. I have to knit another hat? Darn. I actually really needed something crafty to work on after a month of crazy weather, busy work and insane shopping trips.

I decided I wanted a super soft cream colored hat and I found the perfect yarn for it at Michael’s. It’s actually bamboo, which makes me even happier. I like to use sustainable materials when possible.

Anyway, I used the pattern for a basic cable hat from “Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation.” My yarn was labeled bulky, but it really isn’t much thicker than the Lamb’s Pride worsted I used the last time I made the hat. Plus, I have a big head. So the only adjustment I made was to add a couple of rows after the cabling was done because I wanted it slightly longer. It worked beautifully.

My first (big) blanket: finished!

So, 140 little squares later my blanket is finished. Sewing the squares together was not difficult, but it was tedious and it left a million little ends to deal with. I never really feel good about the ends hanging out, even if I have weaved them in, but oh well. That’s what makes something handmade.

Since I altered the color scheme I really didn’t know how this blanket would turn out. But I have to say, I love it. It achieved the effect I wanted, which was a blanket that was both old school and modern.

I’m now formulating some ideas for more granny square projects, possibly even some to sell.