Knitted wits


I’m very pleased with how Cuba Street Hat turned out in Knitted Wit’s Victory DK. I am a bit chastened though because I was a complete sourpuss while knitting it. Cuba Street is designed by Nikki Jones for sportweight. I bought the Knitted Wit kit for this hat pattern (which doesn’t include the pattern, by the way) expecting that I’d have the correct yarn for the pattern. Think again. OK. There I go with the sourpuss thing.

Cuba Street Hat is supposed to be knit at 27 stitches to 4 inches and the pattern suggests size 1 for the ribbing and 3 for the body.  I used size 2 and 4. The hat doesn’t quite stand up on its own, but Victory DK (the gray) and the little “Double Bubble” skeins are beefy DK. I thought “no way.” And knitting this at such a tight gauge made my hands hurt. Sourpuss again.

Obviously, this…


turned into this:


So, in the end, no complaints. No complaints.

My only modification was to knit (not K1, P1) one round of purple and then one round of gray before starting the gray ribbing. It made what I think is a nice clean demarcation between the two colors. I like it and will probably keep it for me.

I’ve been on a bit of a Knitted Wit binge lately. First, it was the Amazing Technicolor Dream Cowl in Knitted Wit Gumball, a fingering weight. Then came the Cuba Street Hat in DK. I decided I’d try a worsted weight Knitted Wit kit in Gobstopper.


This time the kit suggests Kira Dulaney’s Kaleidoscopic Cowl. Game on! I enjoy slip stitch and a worsted weight cowl doesn’t cut it for springtime, but winter will be back in two shakes of a lamb’s tale. In fact, we have about a foot of snow at Long Lake right now.


Glass Head declares this a success. It needed an aggressive block. But it’s holding it nicely. If you decide to give this pattern a try, I suggest knitting more than the two rows of ribbing at the top and the bottom that Dulaney calls for. Four rows of ribbing and you won’t have to fret about the edges rolling.

Here’s a closer look. 10.5 by 10.5 inches. I like close-fitting cowls. But you may want to cast on for a few more repeats of the pattern. I had 61 grams left from the kit, which would have been plenty for a wider cowl.

I liked working with Gobstopper. A little less shading in the colorway might have worked better for this pattern though.


Amazing Technicolor Dream Cowl


It started with this. All true yarnies know that this is pretty much irresistable. As long as the bills are getting paid and food’s on the table, Knitted Wit Gumball fingering weight in this kitted-up configuration is going to end up in a knitter’s shopping cart.

Knitted Wit Gumball is the yarn that Shannon Squire recommends for her Amazing Technicolor Dream Cowl. It’s a slip stitch (mosaic) pattern that’s easily mastered. And the result?


The result is a wonderful cowl.

I made a few modifications, more on that in a bit, but have a closer look at the front. That’s if I can pry it off my glass head, because she’s gotten a bit possessive about it.


A raid into my mom’s and my grandmother’s button box found three mismatched buttons that completed the look.

This is knit as a tube. I used circular needles, rather than “magic loop.” I decided not to make this the project where I finally learn Judy’s Magic Cast On. I’ve tried that before, and I hear it’s a great cast-on. But I’ve watched the recommended videos and I still can’t make it work for me. Instead, I did an easy provisional crochet cast-on. (Here’s Lucy Neatby’s great video on that one.) When I was finished, I just “kitchenered” the cast-on together to flatten the tube. Kitchener was already called for at the end section, anyway, soon after the three buttonholes are knit on both halves of the tube. I found that the buttonholes needed to be stitched together to make the cowl easier to button.

Squire provided the same clearly important caution about the order of the colors in different ways. I found the directions confusing. Color A/Color B, AND 2nd color and 1st color, had my head spinning. In case you have the same problem, this is my interpretation of the directions arrived at by studying the pattern sample photos and other cowls posted on Ravelry.

Cast on in whatever color you want to start with, white in my case. The next pair of the gumball pattern (in mine) is skyblue, white, skyblue, white. Next is medium green, skyblue, medium green, skyblue. Next is light gray, medium green, light gray, medium green. Then, brown, light gray, brown, light gray. In other words, each time you start another gumball pattern, you start the pattern so that the color you used first in the previous set of rounds becomes the color you use second in the next set of rounds. Sigh. I’m not sure if that’s any more clear. But once I understood it that way, well, then I understood it.

Here’s a look at the back:


I knit the wider/shorter version, rather than the skinnier/longer version.