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Nov262011

Revealing the 2011 Mystery Hats

Indeed, it's the end of November, the final patterns have gone out to KALers and it's time to reveal Hat A and Hat B in all their glory!

Corella - Hat A

A Corella is a bird, a white cockatoo, and the cable pattern on this Hat reminded me of the tail feathers of these types of birds. The cables integrate with the lace, and the patterns offsets and interlinks, which looks beautiful. 

As always, the crown shaping is integrated into the stitch pattern for continuity and prettiness. I wouldn't mind taking more photos of this one, somewhere where it's colour (and therefore detail) stands out more. ShibuiKnits were kind enough to donate a skein of their Baby Alpaca DK, which is a great sportsweight/light DK yarn and is incredibly soft.

It isn't a slouchy Hat; it's a gentle tam that could easily be made more slouchy if you prefer - simply repeat extra sections of the body stitch pattern. However, do note, it's a long repeat that needs you to be in the right place for the crown shaping, so you'd want to add extra rounds immediately after the brim - simply use your row gauge as a guide to body length.

The pattern comes in both written and charted format, and includes 3 sizes. Corella is now available for £3!

Rubbish Mojitos - Hat B

The 2nd Hat, Rubbish Mojitos, uses one of my favourite things - travelling stitches. But not just any old travelling stitches - stitches that twist and turn and spiral into the crown. There can never be too many spirals.

And the name? I know you're itching to know the story behind the name!

Malabrigo were very generous and sponsored each designer at TNNA this past summer with a skein of their sock yarn. Loving the colours in my skein, I instantly cast on and started swatching. And the night we received this gorgeous yarn was the night of the mojitos. Well, it was in my case. And after several very tasty mojitos (which were much needed, else I'd have been struck by shyness all night), we moved on to the hotel lobby where the mojitos very much rubbish. I still drank them, mind, complaining all the while about their rubbishness. This was the first time I had met many of my fellow designers, and it seems to have formed a lasting memory for some.. (you know I'm all class anyway, right?)

This Hat can handle just about any colourway, and is designed especially for all those colourful skeins of sock yarn in your stash. The pattern is provided in both written and charted format, and comes in 3 sizes. Now that the Mystery KAL is over for this year, you can buy Rubbish Mojitos for £3 (which is way cheaper than the rubbish mojitos I was drinking in the hotel bar)

And there we have this years' 2 Hats! Thank you to everyone who joined the KAL - each year we get more and more and I really appreciate everyone's support and participation. It's a lot of work, takes best part of a month to prepare, yet it's so worth it. It just wouldn't be November without the Mystery KAL.

ETA/ the model for Rubbish Mojitos is new around here! She's one of my Ukranian step-sisters - her sister modelled Waffle Slouch, her mum modelled Propello and Basel, and her cousin, my step-sister, has modelled numerous Hats for me including Trenza, Cabled Cap & many more. I only ever catch up with my Ukranian in-laws over the summer, and it's normally a busy time with the camera! Can you blame me?

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Reader Comments (2)

As ever, they are wonderful hats. I bought into the KAL as usual, but then found myself drowning in other stuff.
I'll be knitting mine when everything calms down a bit!

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGlynis

Both beautiful hats. I only managed Corella (and still have the crown shaping to do). Only my second Mystery KAL, I knitted Limpetiole last year and love it. Such fun waiting for the clues and seeing the pattern start to reveal itself.

Wow, your Ukranian in-laws and step-family are all so beautiful. Lucky you to have such great models for showing off your equally beautiful hats.

Looking forward to next November already!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTigerjill

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