So last Tuesday I got a bee in my bonnet. An itch that would not be denied. I wanted a new fall hat. So I searched and searched online for a pattern I liked and yet had some textural interest to it. Then I found it…Shedir (found here in Knitty’s Breast Cancer Awareness Issue, Fall 2004.)
Um, yes, I know this is the first time I am talking about it but it is done. I am obsessive like that.
As soon as I saw the many versions of this cap finished online I just fell in love. I wanted it. I had to knit it. Besides, it is just a hat…I could squeeze in a quick knitting project. Heh heh. See those cables? Yeah, I refused to face the level of effort required for this hat. It wasn’t until the 3rd night of knitting that I accepted the fact that all knit hats are not created equal. But I loved how it was turning out so I spent the last week knitting this and only this.
You want to see the coolest part of this hat?
The crown! The decreases on this hat are designed so beautifully and the pattern is just so clever. I love the pretty flower on top. I just love it.
Here are the stats:
Pattern: Shedir Cap
Source: Knitty Special Breast Cancer Awareness Issue, Fall 2004
Yarn: Brooks Farm Sock Yarn, doubled, Red Wine color
Needles: US 3 circs and dpns
Mods: I was getting a bigger row gauge so I only did 4 repeats of the braid instead of 5.
Notes: It turned out a little longer then I would have liked but I still like how it turned out. I love the color and the finished knit feels like an accomplishment. If you hate knitting with complex patterns then this is not the knit for you. It grows slowly but it sure is pretty.
(For those of you keeping track, this now officially crosses off one of the items on my October to-do list :#5, Knit fall hat…yea!)
The following 26 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
That is the coolest hat. And perfect for this fun weather. This weather blows around and I ALWAYS think of you and Kara and finding an excuse in Hawaii for sweaters. =) Way to get something off of your list and look dang cute doing it too!
it is very cool and definitely a hat to see you through fall….and winter…and perhaps even spring for that matter.
Fabulous… of course. What’s for an encore?
love, love, love your hat! The decreases are super cool, I can see why you felt compelled to work on it all week! Its truely lovely : )
Loved the hat and the girl wearing it! The design is beautiful and the color you chose certainly looks fabulous on you. What an amazing and talented woman you are! You inspire me…
Beautiful, beautiful hat – I love the way the decreases work. I may just have to make one myself…
I love it! I have come to find out that her designs take a bit more concentration than other patterns, but I love them :). It looks perfect 🙂
Looks great! I made one for my sister in law when she was undergoing chemo therapy and she LOVED it.
Not sure what the temp is in your area, but it is freaking cold here!
what a gorgeous hat – I too would have been obsessed with finishing it. You look like a movie star
and that flower design on the top is so totally clever. I love patterns that are so well written that they do cool things. you rock!
Is it cold enough where you are to wear it yet?
YAY! It looks GREAT! I always thought it was a pretty hat, but I haven’t knit it yet. I’ll add it to my list of possibles for my winter hat.
Perfect for you, perfectly knit! It is a great fabric. You’ll wear it often this winter, surely.
It looks amazing! And good for you for perservering!
ooh it’s so cute! i love that hats knit up so quickly. i’m working on my winter hat right now.
I love the hat! It looks so good on you! I didn’t have any idea how cute it is until I saw it on you. I think I’m going to have to make it too.
Lovely! When I looked at your pictures I envied the length…mine is made with one skein of Calmer but it doesn’t cover my ears completely and tends to ride up a bit too. Yours will keep you nice and toasty!
That hat is gorgeous! It looks great. and yay for crossing things off your list!
I love that hat, and yours came out beautifully. The color looks great on you!
GORGEOUS hat! I might have to make that one!! Looks very nice.
Gawjus. This hat has been on my list for a while now, but you’re inspiring me to actually cast on for it. Not to mention, I want to practice cabling without a cable needle. Is this a suitable project?
Looks fantastic! It was challenging, but I loved making Shedir – it looks great on you.
I’m not a hat person, but if I were, I’d knit that right away. I love the flower design on top too. It looks pretty on you!!
Ooo, that is awesome and the top is sooo cool! I think I may know what I’m going to make for my coat that I got last year!
Erin, you are so gorgeous! You always were, but even more so now.
love the cables and the top flower pattern. just lovely. yay! one crossed off the list! :0) x