22 October 2014

Head to Toe – Head Things – Duergar

Last year, as Head to Toe came out I wanted to have a good in-depth series on stitch patterns or construction highlights, but somehow by the time the book was ready to be shipped I was busy with the interviews for its blog tour, and then spring knitting was on everybody's minds, and it got put off. Now, however, that we're in the midst of Autumn and everyone's busy with their gift knitting, it feels like the perfect time to bring back the conversation and flaunt these Head to Toe designs once again.

Head to Toe: Kids' Knit Accessories book by Katya Frankel
The patterns in the book are divided into four chapters:
Head Things,
Neck Things,
Hand Things, and
Foot Things
with each one encompassing a range of items from quick-to-knit-basics that you can whip up in a couple of hours, to those that need a little more time and concentration as you're working on them. I tried to spread the projects equally between the difficulty ratings to make sure that every knitter finds something they'd like to make, but at the same time builds up their skills progressing through the book. 


Another part of the book I must mention before moving onto the first project is the one preceding the patterns - Things to Know - and covers things such as swatching, sizing, ease, little tips and how-to's and essential techniques that you might need while working on the patterns.
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Without further ado, I'm starting with a pattern from Head Things, the hat that's on the right in the photo above, Duergar and is easily one of my favourite ones in the book.
Duergar hat pattern by Katya Frankel from Head to Toe: Kids' Knit Accessories

The stitch pattern of the brim and the side panel that grows out of the brim is a simple rib made to stand out by twisting the knit stitches as you work them. It's a simple, yet very effective stitch, but the main feature of Duergar is of course its crown.

Duergar hat pattern by Katya Frankel from Head to Toe: Kids' Knit Accessories
Inspired by the raglan construction of a sweater shoulder, it is shaped from the sides inwards instead of a familiar spiral. The crown shaping gives it a little extra structure and at the same time closes off the side panel rather perfectly towards the top.
The hat is worked in Knit Picks Swish Worsted and only requires a skein of yarn to make any one of the sizes.

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