Finished Object: Capucine

Still not quite ready to get back to MURDERPIGS, but basking in the warm glow of a completed paulie, I was in need of a new project.

Instead of breaking into a new unit of stash, I decided to do a bit of stash-busting and clear out some leftover skeins from older projects. Enter Capucine, a hat pattern that had been in my Ravelry favourites for years, actually, without finding the right yarn to make it. In a moment of clarity, I realised that leftover aran alpaca/wool blend from my open cardigan and DK wool from lace and cables would make a nice variegated bulky-weight yarn and free up a bit of space in the stash box.

capucine in progress

I have trouble with hats. I have a weirdly-shaped head, of prodigious size, and too much hair. It’s not only hard to find hats that fit, but damn near impossible to find ones that stay on through such dangerous manoeuvres as looking to one side or going out in a breeze. You’d think I’d have more luck making them but no; I trust patterns, I fail at maths, and I end up with a novelty miniature bonnet that pings three feet in the air if I raise my eyebrows.

But, I’m not one to let experience teach me any lessons, so it came time to make another dumb hat. 😀

I did my preparatory maths and I did at least four rows of ‘swatch’. I went up a size in needles, I kept my tension nice and loose, and it actually came out *almost* the right size, pre-blocking.

capucine hat, pre-blocking

I waited until the next day to start the tassels because tassels require concentration and steady hands, and my hands were killing me after such a knitting binge. I did briefly consider yarn plaits and a pompom but in the end, tassels won out for the longer silhouette. Or something. This is also where using two yarns really came good, because the tassels would have required more work if I’d started with a bulky yarn.

capucine, complete with tassels

A distinctly unseasonal project… that got even worse. 😀

Despite my stash-busting intentions, I ended up with half a ball of each yarn still left over. “Well,” I said to myself, “I don’t really want to put this back, and perhaps there’s enough to scrape some mittens?”

proto-mittens

Well, as it turns out, there wasn’t, but I worked that out pretty quickly. I figured I could at least get some fingers (not-fingers?), maybe some thumbs, and then worry about the cuffs later. I did have to go on a panic-search for some more of the grey alpaca, but luckily, past-me had stored an extra 5m in a bag in a bag in the bottom of a box I don’t even use for stash. I would question past-me’s logic but I did find it, so it can’t have been that crazy. Right?

Capucine – project page on Ravelry

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