Kris quadrupled

I am a huge fan of Maria Socha’s hat patterns. She’s a major hat whisperer right up there with Wooly Wormhead. She’s Wooly without the tricky construction and picky gauge issues. Check out Socha’s portfolio here on Ravelry to see what I mean.

This is Kris, the hat. Simple. With Socha’s trademark special crown. The stylish crown forms by alternating s2kp and sk2p decreases. Such details can matter a lot for crowns.

Loads of knitters call their oddments “scraps” or “left-overs.” Maybe such homely terms demean these wonders. I’d been saving all my Malabrigo Rios oddments for a few years. I decided I’d knit a bunch, speaking of homely terms, a bunch of Krisses using up as much of my Rios scraps (oops) as possible.

Here’s Kris #2.

And its crown.

Kris #3 is a tad more dignified. I stuck to the darker shades. But those thin stripes of red, including for the cast-on, spunky it up a bit.

Steve’s been wearing this Kris around the house to keep his bald pate warm. Yes, his pate.

Gosh, a one-color top.

Here’s Kris #4.

I still had a water-logged golfball sized ball of that brown left, so I started dark. And then it was back to the brights. In oddment knitting you can get away with a lot when it comes to color.

The bulls-eye crown worked out. The hat’s recipient thought so, anyway.

Kris is distinctive even in its un-jogless stripes.

The jog is something this knitter accepts. It’s not a begrudging acceptance though it’s true I’ve tried various jogless stripes techniques. They just don’t look good to me. The jog reminds that hands knit these hats in an upward spiral building on each round below. A little jog? No big deal.

My Kris quadruplets were great fun to knit. And my Rios oddments are spent.