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Star Anise hat ta-da!

Not quite like I expected but I’m happy.

Star Anise knit hat

This was made with 131 yards of Arroyo yarn by Malabrigo (100% merino, sport weight) in the Coffee Toffee colorway, which is one of those colors that’s oddly difficult to photograph accurately.  The yarn is so soft — I’d had it forever and forgotten about it, and I love it!  Have to get some more sometime.

Despite my love of the yarn, the needles called for (US 3 & 4) were not quite right — my hat is not slouchy or loose at all like the ones in the pictures on the pattern page.  Of course, maybe that’s my fault — I could have been knitting way too tightly, and I didn’t make a gauge swatch.  Even so, I like the hat:

Star Anise hatIt turns out it’s hard to take pictures of the top of your own head.  Well, the KBLs that go up the whole thing are a little wonky — maybe because I didn’t block it — but I’m hoping it will all straighten out with wear.

The cast on was difficult because it was my first [successful] long tail tubular cast on, but I love how it turned out!  Might start using it for things that don’t even call for  it.

Star Anise hat knitted

Anyway, I think the pattern is worth the $6.  It was enjoyable to make and I do like the end result.  Let me know what you think, and if you’ve made it, how did yours turn out?

Well, that’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

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