Thanks for all the comments on my malabrigo hat! It sure is keeping me toasty!

I don’t want to post the pattern in its entirety (laws and all that) so here are the ways in which I deviated from the Lady Detective Hat (from Knit 2 Together, since I know someone will ask that).

Followed the top instructions, but working in stockinette stitch. Purl the last round of the crown. I didn’t bind off the crown and pick up; instead I just kept knitting (and switched to a circ) in stockinette rather than the pattern stitch.

The first time, I knit the hat as prescribed and it was way huge – my fault; looser gauge with it being in stockinette. So the last (and best-fitting) time, I decreased (k2tog) about every ten stitches or so in the first round of the body. I shortened the body. I removed a couple rows from the brim because it was getting too long, and mirrored that in the brim lining. I think that’s it!

Progress shots on Lady E:

Almost done – and this photo’s slightly outdated now! I’m on the ninth ball, and I’m a bit undecided as to what to do for the trim. I don’t really like fringe, and the one from the book (with its intricate knotting) is way out. Maybe normal tassels? I kind of feel like the ends need something. Maybe again, maybe they don’t need anything. Any suggestions?







11 responses to “groove”

  1. Jill Avatar

    Hey Laura,

    I just started a Lady E on the weekend out of Manos and I am totally torn on the edging issue. I like the fringe in the pictures but we will see how I feel when I finish all of the knitting.

  2. Laura Avatar

    How about simple, lightweight (wood?) beads with some yarn tails?

  3. Dani Avatar

    I think the tassels is a really good idea. I think it needs some visual weight on the ends to really complete it.

    I am so desperate to knit that shawl….damn budget!

  4. gleek Avatar

    oooh, that is turning out just lovely! i adore that colorway. by the way, what size needles are you using? just curious.

  5. ami Avatar

    Oooh! Love your Lady E. Great colorway. I chose to go ahead and do the fringe from the book after some debate. I ended up loving it, however it did take about half a skein of yarn.

  6. Delia Avatar

    I did normal tassels for my lady e. and loved the way it came out.

  7. Julia Avatar

    I love the colors in your Lady E! It’s turning out beautifully!

  8. Saleknitter Avatar

    It’s coming along wonderfully! Try checking out the KAL to see how others solved the same issue.

  9. Stephanie Avatar

    Maybe if you sewed some beads onto the end. I’m thinking something muted, but maybe iridescent? Anyway, I agree with the whole not liking the thought of a fringe.

  10. irina Avatar

    i would go with the book. I did, and I love how is came out. The link is to my finished Lady E.

  11. Sheila Avatar

    LadyE is lovely. I love to knit entrelac. I like tassels on the end of entrelac.

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