Belated FO Post: Spectator Grand hat!

Monday, August 28th, 2006
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Spectator Grand: Done!

Spectator Grand, finished Saturday, July 29th, 2006 (I’m a little late in posting this!)
Pattern: Spectator Grand, by Annie Modesitt
Yarn: Freedom Cotton DK by Twilleys of Stamford, Shade 08.
Needles: 3.75mm metal circulars
Dimensions: Wide brim, 21″ hat band, which was a bit small. The measurements were taken from the inside of another hat that fit well, and I think an inch or so was cut off because it wasn’t done directly around the head. The band measurement should really have been 22-23″ instead of 21.
Would I knit it again? I would, but I would use the base design and implement my own stitch pattern. I’d also use a different type of wire, because this wire loved kinks.

Pattern Notes:

I knit this for my aunt, just in time for the garden party she throws every year. She’s a member of the red hat society, which is why this hat is yet another red project. It turned out really well, and she got lots of compliments about it :) Matter of fact, one of the people at the party was a milliner and even she said she really liked it! She was wearing a hat that she had made herself that was 100,000,000 times better, made with all sorts of fantastic fashion-sounding components and apparently certain products that have to be used in well-ventilated areas. So she said she had plenty fun making it in a badly-ventilated area. Altered states improve creativity? I’ll buy that.

I was really surprised how easy and quick it would be to knit this hat. Although I would have liked a little extra guidance on things like wire and yarn choice, this was an okay pattern to knit. Definitely not something for a beginner. I like to think I’m at least an “intermediate” knitter, and I had quite a few problems with it. However, having to answer all those questions by myself means that I now know exactly how to knit a hat like this and could easily adapt any lace stitch pattern to make a similar hat.

It’s not mentioned in the pattern, but I sent an email to Annie Modesitt (!) and she said that the charts on page 11 are alternatives to the Horseshoe & Double Pointelle chart. I chose to stick with the Horseshoe & Double Pointelle chart because I thought it looked the prettiest.

I learned one really neat thing about multiple yarn overs through this Lace Extravaganza site: if you’re doing a double yarn over, you’re supposed to knit into the first yo and purl into the second. I couldn’t figure it out for a long time because this wasn’t indicated in the pattern. I was about to bother Annie yet another time to ask why she hadn’t asked for this, until I realized that it was because of the way she structured her chart. She’s writing for 3 different sizes, so she wrote the pattern for a large crown and then cut off a stitch on the side for a medium and another stitch for a small. For the medium there’s a knit between two yos, but for the small there isn’t. It’s hard to indicate in the chart to “purl if it’s a small, otherwise knit,” so I guess she just opted to leave it out and hope people would understand. So here’s a note to anyone who’s planning on knitting this in a small: any time you’ve got two yarn overs, even though it’s not in the pattern you should be knitting into the first yo and purling into the second.

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5 Comments to “Belated FO Post: Spectator Grand hat!”

  1. Wow! That’s gorgeous, and it looks lovely on your aunt. Very well done!!

    Comment by
    August 28, 2006 @ 6:21 pm
  2. Thanks!

    Comment by Eve
    August 28, 2006 @ 8:12 pm
  3. This is fabulous! It looks wonderful and is perfect for your giftee.

    Comment by wavybrains
    August 28, 2006 @ 9:07 pm
  4. A hat that couldn’t be more perfect for your Aunt. She looks like a real model wearing a designer hat for a magazine, in fact. Great job!

    Comment by Stitchingnut
    August 29, 2006 @ 1:43 pm
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