Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Gnomy Variation

This is a "Gnomy Hat". I was going to say it was child size since it doesn't even come close to fitting my fat head but I just measured the wig stand and her head measures 20 inches. According to the Craft Yarn Council of America that is the standard women's size.

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The basic Gnomy Hat pattern is in Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitter's Almanac", page 69. Instead of inserting a ping pong ball in the tip as Elizabeth did, I extended the point some and knotted it. I knit it of hand dyed, handspun 2 ply wool. I didn't dye the wool myself, but I did spin it from purchased, sprinkle dyed roving. I combined one ply of the hand dyed and one ply of natural, brown wool.

I am also knitting a pair of thick socks from the same wool. I hope to get those completed today as they are destined for the Chilliwack Christmas Craft Fair and the guild Standards Committee must have them to "approve" by tomorrow.

3 comments:

kristo said...

that hat is soooooooo cool! it will sell for sure! (maybe to me!!! :-D )

dragon knitter said...

pardon my french, but bullshit. i meausured my head once for a customer because she wanted to know if a hat was going to fit her or her child, and it was 22". now, if they say 20" unstretched, i'll buy that.

i made a similar hat for my sons out of handspun yarn, and they adore it (i only had neough yarn for one hat, so they share, lol). i should post a pic of it, eh?

yours is very nice

Marlene said...

I know that my own head measures 23 1/8" which IS rather large for a woman. I never fit the hats in stores....not even most of the men's hats. The chart I was looking at says 23" for a men's standard size.

I decided to avoid the issue completely by just marking it as 20" size. The buyer will have to decide whether or not it will fit.