Tuesday, October 30, 2007

ZeeBee's All Around

Today's post is going to be about the ZeeBee Beanie. Have you seen this one? I noticed it was published in 2004, yet I somehow missed it until recently. The ZeeBee trip started innocently enough. My husband is in a band with 2 of the nicest "old bachelors" I have ever met. They respect and appreciate my knitting obsession as a creative endeavor. More importantly, they support it with gift certificates to the LYS in my neighborhood. For this, they are rewarded with knitted items at the holidays. It's a win-win situation really.

A few months ago, I blogged about the scarf I have already finished for one of the band guys. The other guy is more of a hat sort of fellow. I was recently casting about for the perfect hat pattern for him and came across a ZeeBee knit out of sock yarn. My husband declared this the "perfect Doug hat" and so it shall be.

As I started digging into my custom generated hat pattern - really cool - I realized that this pattern called for a couple of knitting techniques I had never tried. So, I decided to make a practice ZeeBee first.

Pattern: ZeeBee Beanie
Yarn: Caron Felt It
Time to Knit: About 4 hours!

The new skills picked up with this knit include: crochet cast-on and short rows. Can you believe I never had an opportunity to learn short rows before. They are so fun!

Also, yes, I did change the cast on to a normal crochet cast-on. The way the pattern describes casting on seems like a lot of work to me. The crochet cast-on worked really well.

Overall, super easy little project that was lots of fun. The bonus is that because of the stretchy nature of garter stitch, this hat fits everyone in the family. It looks like V. has taken charge of it though, declaring it "Soooo soft mommy!"

Notice there are no pictures of the back of the hat. The one thing I still have to figure out is how to graft in garter stitch. I grafted this first one with normal Kitchener stitch and made a beautiful stockinette seem. Oh well, V. could care less. I did look around and found some interesting articles on the subject. Hopefully I can pull it off for the next one.

Here is ZeeBee #2, the real one. It's about 1/4 done in this picture. So far, so good. I think there may be more of these in my future.


msubulldog said...

Cool! It reminds me of the Tychis hat on Knitty, although that was with worsted, I think. The garter stitch is really stretchy! :)

Lavendersheep said...

It looks like a really cool hat! Would it work to kitchener the opposite way? Like go through the sts on the front needle like you are going to purl instead of to knit and go through the sts on the back needle like you are going to knit instead of to purl? I think it would give a purl ridge. I'll have to think about that one.