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A Knitting Sprint Finish: Crossing The Line With The Talmadge Cloche

A Knitting Sprint Finish: Crossing The Line With The Talmadge Cloche

Another project from A Year Of Techniques has freed itself from its needle-y bonds and plopped itself down into a bubbly bath. A relaxing end to an emotional knit that, at one point, I did not think would ever get finished. I am relieved to […]

Hats In June: Hot Weather Knitting Woes

Hats In June: Hot Weather Knitting Woes

My knitting motivation has been a bit thin on the ground these past two weeks. Some warmer-than-usual June weather in the UK turned my greenhouse of a living room into a suburban sauna and brought my hat progress to a crashing halt. Though Talmadge is […]

Knitting Talmadge: Does My Head Look Big In This?

Knitting Talmadge: Does My Head Look Big In This?

June’s pattern knitalong for A Year Of Techniques is Romi Hill’s Talmadge Cloche, which introduces the element of knitted on edgings as this month’s technique. A knitted on edging is a fantastic way of providing a decorative and/or functional edging to a piece of knitting by working the edging at 90° and joining it on to a row of live or picked-up stitches. Though I know I have worked knitted-on edges (and used an almost identical technique for pieces of modular knitting) before I can’t find any pictures of past projects that clearly show the work, so it will be a good chance to re-appreciate the work that a fantastic edging can do.

The Talmadge cloche is worked from the top down, beginning with last month’s technique, the pinhole (or circular) cast on, knitting’s version of crochet’s magic-circle. Of course, starting with the crown of the hat means that you are straight into the increases as soon as the first few stitches are cast on, so the number of stitches rapidly increases before you reach the body of the hat, and that is the point of the knitting that I am at now, with all increases complete and the remaining rounds all to be worked with a constant number of stitches. Let’s have a look at what that looks like:

Is that a hat or is it an eyepatch for a very fancy pirate? Now, I should add that I do not have small and dainty hands, so my giant paw perhaps accounts for a bit of the apparent sizing peculiarity, but to match my clobbering paws I also have a head the size of a St Bernard’s, so this little pentagon of stitches represents some nervousness of the usability of my current hat. However, my anxiety is appeased somewhat by the wisdom and experience of Jen, who, with the benefit of experience having now knit the hat, has assured knitters that though, yes, it looks laughably small at this juncture (and will do right up until the last moment), it will all work out right in the end and fit the average head quite comfortably. Whether it fits my head is yet to be seen, but at least I can console myself with the miniature barrel of brandy around my neck if it does not.

A Newly Finished Hat From Handspun Yarn

A Newly Finished Hat From Handspun Yarn

I have finished my first new project since I finally found time to get back into my usual creative flow of ideas and activities. This hat practically flew from the needles in a very few hours, its speed hastened by a mixture of the pure […]

Fresh Yarn On Warm Needles – A Handspun Hat

Fresh Yarn On Warm Needles – A Handspun Hat

Life has started to return to normal now, and Mr Awesome and I are settling back into a routine whilst still retaining a flush of happiness from the fun of the last few weeks. But there is undoubtably less for us to do now that […]