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January 31, 2007

String of Purls Hat

To be honest, my friends, I'm mildly fixated -- okay, obsessed -- with the String of Purls stitch pattern.  It all started last Wednesday when I blindly stumbled upon this intriguing pattern as part of my swatching adventures.  One thing lead to another and then onto another and before I knew it my noggin was filled with idea after idea for possible projects.   Luckily, I was able to stop my brain swirl just long enough to knit this baby hat for the nona-niece-to-be.   

Is it just me, or do you also have a hard time getting a good picture of a hat without a head?  Any suggestions?

January 31, 2007 in Knitting for the nona-nieces | Permalink


My solution is a handy and uncomplaining head -- in the case of infant hats, my daughter's Dora the Explorer doll, which has a 15" circumference head, ideal for simulating a baby of 3 months or so. She's very photogenic, as you can see in the pattern thumbnails on the sidebar to my blog, at http://explaiknit.typepad.com .

Posted by: Sara | Jan 31, 2007 3:46:08 PM

Gorgeous! You are a GENIUS!

Posted by: Cara | Jan 31, 2007 3:50:33 PM

Oh, Ms. Nona ... I LOVE this hat. My only question is can it be worked on at a baseball game without screwing up bigtime? Baseball has begun for my youngest (yes, in January!) and I need to haul out those projects that don't mind inclement weather and that are somewhat mindless.


Posted by: Katie Baird | Jan 31, 2007 4:25:43 PM

You DO! have a great sense of color! Love the swatches you did and the final product, the hat. Thanks for the details on your swatches - you make it worth swatching and getting the noggin a' thinking :)

Posted by: Terry | Jan 31, 2007 5:57:18 PM

To match the sweater? Looks like it! :)

That baby is going to be so happening!

Posted by: Natalie | Jan 31, 2007 6:02:45 PM

So cute! When photographing a hat without a (compliant, correct-sized) head handy, I've used a cylindrical tea or sugar tin. For a baby hat, a can of tomatos or something like that might work. (Stuffing the top of the cylinder with a bit of tissue helps round out the look.)

Posted by: Sarah | Jan 31, 2007 6:16:59 PM

That's an adorable hat! Thanks for documenting its evolution.

Posted by: grumperina | Jan 31, 2007 6:58:47 PM

It's not just you. I've been using an upside down vase that has a round head-sized base.
Never mind that. I love that hat- the stitch, the colors...can you write it up, pleeeease? Preferably in an adult size.

Posted by: gale (she shoots sheep shots) | Jan 31, 2007 7:44:16 PM

I have to say, I knew who this hat was going to before I even started to read your post! :) It looks
amazing (of course!). And yes, you must write up the pattern!

Posted by: rhoda | Jan 31, 2007 7:46:57 PM


I got a clear cobalt blue one of these a while back and it's *fabulous* for blocking and modelling!

Love the hat!

Posted by: Michelle | Jan 31, 2007 8:30:16 PM

ooohh Nona, I love the hat! Since I have no upcoming little head to knit for, what about an adult version of it? ;)

Posted by: yuvee | Feb 1, 2007 1:54:57 AM

If I need to see what a hat looks like , I just inflate a small party balloon to put inside, it works just fine.

Posted by: ronnie | Feb 1, 2007 5:09:09 AM

This is such a cute hat! (I used an over turned bowl to model a baby pea pod hat I knit.)

Posted by: brooke | Feb 1, 2007 5:58:40 AM

I love the hat! What a stylish nona-niece there will be.

Doing the string of pearls in the variegated yarn is truly inspired. I have to try that on a sock leg--what a great way to use up left overs.

Posted by: Brenda | Feb 1, 2007 8:41:34 AM

BEST HAT EVER! Btw, what yarns did you use?

Posted by: Gretchen | Feb 1, 2007 9:00:34 AM

okay, now I HAVE to do this pattern !
looks fab - the swatches too -
book is at the library !

Posted by: dhyana rose | Feb 1, 2007 9:26:08 AM

The hat is very pretty! I love to use big wine glasses for posing my finished hats (something that always happens to be around).

Posted by: abby | Feb 1, 2007 10:03:50 AM

mom and i have a trick for looking at hats or blocking things like yamakas (some friends of ours were matmitzvats and asked us to knit them yamakas). we get our her wig head for the wig she never wore during chemo, and put it on that. it makes it easier to see/get the right shape.

Posted by: callie | Feb 1, 2007 10:21:53 AM

hi nona, i just wanted to thank you for the mouseover code you posted here a couple of years ago! i've been fruitlessly searching all day for this in order to do mouseovers for some buttons on my blog, and finally i found the answer through you, i cant thank you enough :)

lovely hat btw, i like that stitch! i used to do a lot of crocheting a few years ago and was passionate about learning new stitches, but i haven't done any for a while. nice blog, too :)

jude x

Posted by: jude calvert-toulmin | Feb 1, 2007 11:05:52 AM

I love that hat! Where did you find the pattern? Is it an EZ hat?

Posted by: Sheila | Feb 1, 2007 11:57:42 AM

Once again, watching your process is a treat. Did you know if there was a patron saint of swatching, you would be it?

Posted by: Sonya | Feb 1, 2007 12:21:54 PM

This is a very beautiful hat, your niece-to-be will be very lucky. Lovely combination of colours.

Posted by: angel | Feb 2, 2007 5:34:57 AM

Ha, I can't take any good pictures. LOL

Posted by: Arleta | Feb 3, 2007 9:43:18 AM

Oops, also wanted to say:

but your hat looks great!

Posted by: Arleta | Feb 3, 2007 9:44:03 AM

Use a roll of toilet paper......

Posted by: kathy b | Feb 3, 2007 10:25:36 AM

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