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June 3rd, 2006
Velvetspun

A friend of mine is having a baby, and recently found out it’s a girl. Let the shopping commence!

I found a really easy pattern for a cute baby hat on the Lion Brand website, and decided I’d make that. Now that they require registration to view the patterns, I can’t direct link anymore, but suffice to say it’s the Baby Hat pattern made with Velvetspun. It should be easy enough to find, and there is both a crochet and knit version. The knit version is nice because it is done on two needles, no dpns (otherwise known as double point needles) needed. I still haven’t mastered the dpns, which is like knitting with a hedgehog in your hand.

I bought the Velvetspun in a cotton candy pink color (incidentally, one of my new favorite colors, along with black. Weird, huh?) and proceeded to start crocheting. First of all, the yarn is a major pain in the butt to work with, which I guess is par for the course with a chenille. It took me a few tries to get the top started. Once I got the hang of it, though, things proceeded apace and I finished the hat in about two hours. The Velvetspun does produce a wonderfully soft fabric. I crocheted in the front loops only (it was easier) and while I usually don’t like how that looks (it makes a funny ridge) it looked great with the chenille. All in all, I’d think twice about using this yarn for anything but small projects (it’s just too much of a pain to work with) but it makes awesome hats and would probably be a lovely poncho choice as well. I know, I just said SMALL projects, but use extra big needles to do a poncho and an open pattern, and it would go really fast.

I liked the hat pattern so much I decided to make a second one out of some Homespun I have on hand, since it’s about the same gauge. I like knitting with Homespun, but crocheting with it seems to be a huge pain. I think I’ll definitely keep to knitting with it when I finish the hat.

Posted by Claire at 10:21 AM | Yarn Addiction | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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