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Jasper Love

I whipped up a hat in record time this week! I used a ball and a half of Jasper, a gorgeous self-striping merino wool that knits up so quickly I can hardly believe it (about 4 hours, which for me is superduper fast). I used Jared Flood’s wildly popular Turn a Square pattern but instead of striping two yarns, I just let Jasper do it’s stripe-y thing. I think the cast-on edge is especially good looking. I used Ysolda’s tutorial for a 2×2 “stocking stitch” tubular cast-on and really elevates the simple toque. It’s a little big on me, but it’s going to someone special, I’m just keeping it warm (or the other way around…)

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Some other cute patterns for Jasper and/or hats: Janine, Jester the cozy (and free!) Bell Rock Turtleneck and the Josepha cowl. I already have plans to knit another Jasper hat as a last minute birthday gift for a new friend. Jasper, I <3 you!

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  1. ponka #

    i love jasper’s stripey goodness! which colorway is that?

    thanks for the link to the tutorial – can’t wait to try it out =)

    October 1, 2009
    • Whoops, I forgot to say! It is #3810 Copper Silk =)

      October 5, 2009
  2. Love the Jasper hat, but in truth, I am DYING to know the results of the sock star contest! When do we find out?!

    October 5, 2009
    • Hi Rebecca! I believe it is in today’s KnitBits! We just did the photoshoot and I think everything looks so great! I’m just bummed we couldn’t make it a double sized booklet!

      October 9, 2009
  3. fuchsia #

    so i researched it and it turns out that nancie wiseman is “never pleased with the finished look” of the 2×2 tubular cast-on. but from what i can tell yours looks great, especially since part of her dislike for it is rooted in the fact that the matching bind-off is messy and that’s not a problem with hats, obviously.

    i know what you mean about the cast-on “elevating” the entire hat, though. i always try to use neat little techniques like that, even if the recipient of whatever i’m working on at the time probably won’t know the difference. :)

    also now i sort of want to buy some jasper…

    October 7, 2009
    • I’m so with you! It’s so tempting to go with your old standbys but I’m glad you’re also pushing yourself! The cast on I used look great (except maybe near the join) but it wasn’t SUPER stretchy, but then again, it’s not the only tubular method and I think it was kind of the “easy” one, so I should try an even better one next time!

      P.S. Congrats AGAIN on the contest win! We just had the photoshoot and it looks so cute!!

      October 9, 2009
  4. You’re gorgeous!! Love that hat!

    October 8, 2009

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