norichan knits!


Noriko HoComment

My newest hat pattern has been released!  A little late for the awesome spring weather we've been getting recently, here in Seattle... but that's what happens when you do a cross country move.  

I'm loving Candide and how different it can look with different color combinations!  All of my testers have been getting compliments on their hats, and have been getting requests for more.  :oD  I think that's the greatest thing a designer can ever hear.  

Some details:

Yarns used:  Cascade Heritage (or similar fingering weight) and Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (or similar light DK/sport weight).  150-220 yds of fingering and 70-110 yds of DK/sport

Needles:  US 6 and US 8 - 16" circs and US 8 DPNs

Gauge:  20 sts/4" stockinette st, while holding one strand each of the Heritage and Silky Wool.

Sizes:  18" (20", 22")

Some general notes about the pattern.  Many of my testers had some troubles obtaining gauge when using a heavier DK weight yarn.  The Silky Wool is listed as a DK weight, but it does seem to behave a lot like a sport weight.  Since it's a hat, there is some give with the gauge, so don't be too particular about it.  Even the testers who missed gauge ended up loving their hats!  :o)  

It's a simple pattern, but can obtain completely different results.  Check out some of my tester's versions!  One of them even used scrap yarns to make a rainbow effect.  I'm loving it.  :o)  

Oh, and yes, this hat is named after the simple optimist that is the protagonist of the Voltaire novel Candide.  ;o)