A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Tammy Russo’s Ply-on-the-fly has gotten easier with practice. Here is another 24 yards, Navajo-ply, of LeAnn’s Azora, for finishing Bottom Up Hat I cast on yesterday:
Handspun Azora 7g 24 yards 3-Ply-on-the-Fly
Voilà, here is Azora:

Knit up in a couple of hours
I found the technique’s much easier with pairing of thick and thin yarns--not at all fuzzy. You gotta LOVE Azora!

CAST ON: January 3, 2010
Cast Off: January 4, 2010
PATTERN: Bottoms Up Hat with 3-section brim by Elise Duvekot from Knit One Below: One Stitch, Many Fabrics
MATERIAL: 86 yards, 21 grams, of hand-spun Navajo-Ply English Blue Jacob X BFL and 82 yards, 40 grams, of handspun 3-Ply Virgin Wool for one hat
NEEDLES: 3.5mm and 4.0mm Addi Turbo
MEASUREMENTS: Woman’s Adult Average
Crown to body length 7″x10″; 1/2″ between hat and brim; 1 1/8″ brim; 1/2″ width I-Cord; 25″ brim circumference
1. Use hand-spun thick and thin yards on Wasserman Spindle.
2. Knit in round via magic loop
3. Added extra row of even knitting between hat and brim as well as between brim and bind off.
4. Brim increased 6x instead of 5.
5. I-Cord Bind off with 4.0mm needle. Next time use much larger size for felted ones.
6. Shorten body and lengthen brim in future K1B hats.

In my Column and Curves exploration of Elise Duvekot’s delightful book Knit one below last April, I found the hat collection in the Bottoms Up pattern delightful. I wanted to apply the technique in my natural hand-spun and hand-painted, hand-dyed yarns together. Here is the result of my experiment

middle one shows most accurate colors
This one was hand-painted with Wilton’s Icing (Burgundy, Violet, Royal Blue, Leaf Green, and Lemon Yellow,) microwaved for 2 minutes, and felt in dryer for far too long–an hour or more! Next time, I’ll shorten the body to minimize felting duration.

The fun Knit-One-Below technique is straightforward–worked with only one color of yarn at a time–but demands perfect execution. It creates vertical lines without stranding or slipping any stitches. The lofty, stretchy fabric lets the flexible hat slouch softly. It’s well worth the effort. I made not one, but two of the hats in a day (that included spinning one of the yarns.) Great value…terrific investment return.

If you haven’t already, try Knit-One-Below–a truly productive and gratifying stitch.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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