Friday, November 11, 2011

FO Friday: Not Your Grandmother's Knitting

    On second thought, I would not be the least bit surprised if quite a few of the other 939 projects on Ravelry based on the "fornicating deer" chart were, in fact, knit by actual grandmothers.

Here is number #940, knit by me:
Happy Birthday Leonard!
Pattern:  fornicating deer chart by Anne Rutten
Source:  free on Ravelry
Materials:  Cascade 220, Lion Brand Superwash Marino Cashmere, and US 7 needles
Modifications:  The free Ravelry download is a chart for the image, not an actual pattern.  My notes on turning it into a worsted weight hat are Raveled here.

What fun I had knitting this hat!  I brushed up my stranded knitting skills, learned a new skill (lining the hat), and as a bonus I learned some facts about reindeer, or caribou.  I had to do a little research after noticing that many Ravelers removed the antlers from the first deer on the chart.  Some noted that in most deer species, only the males have antlers, and their deer-hunting husbands wanted heterosexual deer on their hats, gosh darn it!  However, if you care about that kind of thing, you might also like to know that both male and female caribou have antlers.  I decided to think of reindeer, and left the antlers.  To each their own!

Here's a peek at the hat lining:
I could not find an on-line tutorial of the process,
so I'm sharing my method here.
After the top of the hat was complete, I picked up the provisional stitches from my cast on row, and knit a few inches with the Lion Brand (cashmere-blend softness without breaking the bank!) yarn.   I knit one last row with the main color and cut the yarn, leaving a tail long enough to tack down the live stitches to purl bumps all the way around the inside of the hat.  As I tacked down the stitches with a yarn needle, I was careful to keep my tension loose, to leave some room for the stitches to stretch when the hat is worn.


This lining does double-duty by covering up a lot of those pesky yarn floats, while adding softness to the brim of the hat.

A big "Thank you!" to Denise of the Knitting Kitties blog, for the hat inspiration.  I first spotted this pattern when she posted pics of the 3 deer hats she made last Christmas in an FO Friday post.

And that folks, is one of the many reasons it's worth checking out the lovely and exciting FO Friday list at Tami's Amis.  You never know when you might spot a project you will add to your queue in time for gift knitting!

P.S.  I will draw a number and announce a contest winner in the morning.  Thanks for your wonderful app suggestions everyone!

25 comments:

  1. I love that pattern! you did a great job. I haven't tried stranded knitting yet, but the more I see of it on other people's projects, the more inclined I am to give it a go! I like the idea of lining the hat to cover up the floats.

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  2. I've never seen that pattern before, and now I am so tempted to make it, it looks awesome! Who doesn't need fornicating deer on their hat?!

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  3. Oh that made me laugh this morning, what a fun pattern! I think you did a really wonderful job, I am so impressed!

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  4. I love that hat. Your way looks easier than the double knitting in fingering weight yarn that I used.

    Thanks for mentioning me.

    BTW: I'm a real live grandma. *grin*

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  5. *giggle* I love these hats, because it always takes people a minute to work out what they're seeing!

    There's a bit in the introduction to one of Debbie Stoller's books about the phrase 'not your grandmother's' being wrong about both us and our grandmothers. I'm sure this would have made my Nannie laugh :)

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  6. I've never seen that pattern before, perfect for a guy hat! I'll admit I first looked at it and thought "lovely hat" and then realized, "wait, something's not right." Nice job, wonder how many double takes from people it will get :-P

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  7. God, this hat pattern is following me :) This is the hat I wanted to knit for my husband, but he was too shocked and declined the offer :) Then only half an hour ago we talked about this pattern again and would it be appropriate for a friend's present. Seems everybody is knitting it.
    Yours turned out beautifully!

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  8. Clever having that lining on the inside of the brim! What an interesting range of facts you come across in knitting blogs!

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  9. I'm in stitches (no pun intended) as I haven't seen those deer before!!!!! Lovely knitting!
    x

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  10. I hadn't been aware of this pattern, but it suits my husband's sense of humor perfectly. Thanks for the great gift idea. :)

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  11. that hat makes me giggle every time I see it. Great job on the lining!

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  12. Your hat looks great! I love the lining too. I am personally not the least bit concerned about the gender of your deer :).

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  13. Bahahaha! I love it! I've seen the chart before but now, seeing it in hat form, I must make a hat out of it :)

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  14. Haha, I've seen that pattern on Rav before, so funny! Looks like you did a great job. The lining looks sooo soft! Love the fact that you researched the antler situation too :)

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  15. I'm going to watch for people wearing that hat this winter!

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  16. That's such a fab hat! I love it. :D

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  17. Love it. Now I want a fornicating deer hat.

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  18. I love the hat! The pattern is hilarious! <3

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  19. That is a great hat, I've seen a couple of them and think they are a hoot!

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  20. Great hat. Thanks for the info on the knitted lining. I will definitely have to try it.

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  21. So funny! This is the first time that I have seen this chart. Now I know what to knit next for my husband. I love your technique of lining the hat, too.

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  22. Very fun hat. I am starting on one today and your notes where very helpful, thanks!

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