Mar 23, 2010

Ballard (#55)

Knitting right along, and still enjoying the hints of spring that are cropping up all around me. From more bikes on the road to kids running around our neighborhood to the games of soccer that happen in the middle of our street, I'm convinced that spring is here!

With spring comes more outside pictures {and the realization that we might need to get outside and tend to our backyard!} in the wind and sunshine. Ballard, billed as a "slouch hat", features a clover lace pattern that was as easy to knit as the pattern says.

Knit exactly to pattern, however, my hat did not turn out at all slouchy - in fact, it barely fits on my head! At least I've got the ribbing stretched pretty far as well, so it should fit onto a child's head without too much problem. I wish it fit better, because Ballard is quite a wonderful looking hat. There are instructions for a "super slouchy" version, and I'm betting if I whipped that one up I'd end up with a gorgeous spring hat I wouldn't want to give up. C'est la vie!

 Specs: Ballard by SweetGeorgia Yarns (free download), knit with Cascade 220 wool in pink heather on size US 7/4.5mm and US 8/5.0mm needles.

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