As you may recall, I had this crazy variegated skein of Malabrigo worsted that I had been trying to use up in combination with white (to tone down the craziness a bit), but wasn’t too happy with the first results. Luckily, recently a new pattern appeared that I knew immediately would be the solution of my problem! Not only did it work perfectly, but it made the whole thing look even more like a wonderful icecreamy cake of joy! :)
The pattern was literally published two weeks ago, in Alexandra Tinsley’s Go Go Malabrigo Vol 2. I’ve had my eyes on Alexandra’s patterns for a while now, and finally they seem to have jumped up to the top of my queue! The day I finished this, I started another one of her patterns, and finished it in two days (you get to see it soon). They’re simple, quick, but interesting.
What I really love on this one is the shaping – it’s not a beret, but it’s slouchy. That’s not always a good combination. On many hats I’ve seen that ends up looking as if you just made your hat too long and you have all this extra material kind of just hanging there. Not on this one.
More interest is added to the plain stockinette body of the hat by somewhat irregular striping. Rather than the typical 2 rounds of MC – 2 rounds of CC, Alexandra gives you a more diverse rhythm of colour changing, where you’re sometimes only doing one round in a colour, and sometimes three. Such a small change for such a huge difference in effect!
Finally, there are the crown decreases, which gave the hat its name – Hypnotica.
I am completely in love with them! I’ve never seen similar decreases before, but I definitely want to use them on more projects!
Overall, I am extremely happy with this pattern and my hat. I will definitely be making more and I am really looking forward to coming up with all sorts of different colour combinations… In the meantime, I’ll be snuggling up with my Winter Icrecream… :)