NEW from Polkadotsheep: Crown Jewel Hat & Learn Entrelac KAL
Edited to add on 11/12/13:
Other blog posts in the Crown Jewel KAL are:
The complete Ravelry thread can be found here, KAL: Crown Jewel Hat and Entrelac 2013.
We are so pleased to have released Kendra Hope’s Crown Jewel Hat here at Polkadotsheep. Kendra is a long time Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe employee and a fabulous knitter and designer. The Crown Jewel Hat has been available in hard copy to our in store customers and is well loved. So we are thrilled that Kendra worked with Aimee to release it in digital form to the whole knitting world.
The Crown Jewel hat uses a technique called entrelac to form the triangles and rectangles of color. Paired with a yarn that has long color changing stripes like Noro Silk Garden, you get those blocks of color that make people wonder how you did it.
We have had a number of requests to make this hat into a KAL and so that is what we are going to do. Since the Crown Jewel incorporates entrelac, it fits well into our goal of learning new skills in our sponsored KALs.
The Crown Jewel pattern is designed specifically for Noro Silk Garden. So using a yarn that doesn’t have long color change stripes will make your hat look very different. To gain the effect of very distant colors in each row of triangles and rectangles as in the hat above on the left, you will need more yarn (an extra skein for most sizes) because when you start each set of triangles or rectangles, you will cut your yarn and start with a new color. If you don’t want to do that and simply knit straight through the skein of yarn without pausing, your hat will look more like the hat on the right above.
So here are the Crown Jewel details…
Sizes: Baby, toddler, junior, and adult
Yarn: 90(100, 125, 150) yards of worsted weight yarn. Recommended yarn is Noro Silk Garden.
Needles: US 6 16″ circular, US 8 16″ circular and double pointed needles, US 5 double pointed needles (topper ball)
Gauge: 4.5 stitches and 5.25 rows per inch in stockinette stitches using larger needles
Other notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle
If you do not have a Ravelry account, purchase your pattern from Polkadotsheep.com here.
Note: If you want to make sure you have enough yarn for the more distinct color blocks, you will need to buy two skeins of the Noro Silk Garden for all sizes except the smallest.
Noro Silk Garden is a unique yarn that seems as if it would be delicate but is surprisingly durable. It softens nicely with wear. We have 10 colorways in stock. We have done our best to photograph the most representative skeins but the colors contained in each skein do vary. Noro yarns can be a delightful surprise to knit with because you will want to keep going just to see the next color change.
Start Date: July 14th
End Date: August 17th
Skills to be learned: Entrelac, bobbles
The KAL will feature a video tutorial on entrelac. This will be my first video tutorial, so please be gentle.
The Ravelry thread in support of the KAL is found here. Join us to share your progress, ask questions and chat with your fellow knitters.
I have already knit a Crown Jewel hat, the little boy in the picture on the right is mine. It was originally planned for someone else, but he claimed it when I tried it on his head to see how it looked. Then my daughter decided she needed one also so that is who I will be knitting my KAL Crown Jewel Hat for.
The Crown Jewel Hat is also part of the Sweet Tart Set e-book. The other pattern in the set is the adorable Sweet Tart Poncho. If you want to outfit a little girl in your life like the one pictured below, purchasing the Sweet Tart Set will save you $2.50. Details about the Sweet Tart poncho can be found in the blog post announcing its publication.
I hope you think the Crown Jewel is as unique as we do here at Polkadotsheep and decide to join us for the KAL. It is great summertime project, small and portable but very interesting.
Hope you are having a fun filled Fourth of July weekend and getting in a little knitting or crocheting time.