Can I pull this off?
Are you sure?I don't know...
You don't think it looks like a macrame experiment from 1975?
Shucks, okay, then. I'll wear it!
Pattern: Urchin by Ysolda Teague (from Knitty Fall 2007)
Yarn: Farmhouse Yarns Lumpy Bumpy by Charlene (the sheep)
Notes/Mods: Knit the small size, but added two pattern repeats (9 wedges all together) after deciding the hat was looking rather wee:
This knit up quick! I worked on it Sunday afternoon while playing shopkeeper at the Nutritionista. When I started I had customers look at the pattern on the counter and say "Ooh, is that the hat you're knitting?" Before closing time it was on my head. I polled people on whether the hat was looking too crazy and more than one person said; "You could pull it off. I couldn't, but you could." Hmm.
This has me wondering; do I want a hat I have to "pull off"? Don't get me wrong, I'm flattered that perfect strangers seem to think I have the ability to take fashion risks, but doesn't "pulling it off" just sound like a lot of effort? Like I have to squint and clench my fists while wearing said beret?
Regardless of off-pulling, Urchin is a really fun knit and a pretty ingenious pattern. I think if I were to knit it again, I would choose a solid coloured yarn. Thick-and-thin as well as multi-hued is a whole lot of business going on for one little chapeau.
Whilst pondering the wearability of my new beret, I found the answer was waiting in the mail.
Maggi, my mother-in-common-law (I'm coining the phrase!) surprised me with a beret from her needles! The pattern is "Vintage beret" by Sarah Hatton from Rowan Magazine #44. I believe the yarn is Debbie Bliss cashmerino DK. Thanks so much, Maggi!
It's such a completely different look than the Urchin beret that I now have a choice for when I don't have the energy to "pull off" my hat. In fact, I can just "pull on" this beret - groan!