Seashell Hat

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This is Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Triton Hat, or Three-Spiral Hat, or Dairy Queen Hat, or whatever it’s called in the latest of the four places she’s published it. Two skeins of Misti Alpaca Chunky held together to achieve gauge on the recommended 10.5 needles. When I first saw the skein of Handpaint in color Havasu, I immediately thought of the spiral sea shells I would find on the beach when I was young…The color was a bit more saturated than I had first thought, but I am quite happy with the results after cutting it with the extra skein of Cream. While the st gauge matches the pattern, the fabric does feel a bit too stiff to get the proper swirly curves; but the doubled alpaca means it’s nice and warm.

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I have a large head, so I had to increase the cast on to 50 st; then continued with the pattern as written. This resulted in an effective 25% increase instead of the 50% specified, so it’s missing the big poof-out that would truly make the soft-serve-ice-cream shape I was hoping for. (It can’t really poof out if there’s no positive ease.) It’s probably for the best, though, as I probably have three rows max of yarn left over, and this was already expensive enough without going into two skeins of each color.

Overall I like it and will definitely wear it this winter. It’s got great ear coverage. 😉

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