My daughter saw me working on the Frostfangs Hat the other day, and asked if I would be able to make her a hat with orchids on it. I searched ravelry and didn’t see anything that fit her request, so I printed off some knitting graph paper I found via google, and sketched out a couple of orchids…
Then I dug through my stash and found some gray Cascade 220, and a bit of Esoteric Tosh DK. They were close to the same weight and looked good together, so I did a little math – the orchids were each 20 stitches wide, and she wanted 4 of them around the brim, I put 5 stitches between each one, so that came out to a CO of 100 stitches. I used the long tail CO, and then worked a little over an inch in a K1TBL P1 rib.
Once the ribbing was complete, I did 3 rows in the round of knit stitch, then began the orchid chart, repeating it two times for each row. I carried the contrasting yarn behind, sometimes having to “tack” it up as the color repeats got a little long. I tend to tug those parts a bit tight, so I had to keep adjusting my tension, but in the end the orchids came out looking like orchids. After the orchid chart I knit 10 more rows in the round, then began decreasing the crown. It took me about 3 days to knit, working on it after work each day, so it went quick.
She wanted it to be the style of hat she could wear perched on the back of her head, so I knit it somewhat shallow-er than I normally would. It fits her exactly like she wanted though, and she has barely taken it off since I gave it to her. That makes me happy.
It feels kind of cool to come up with an idea, do a sketch on some graph paper, and then create the idea into an actual knit item. It has definitely given me some confidence in pattern design – that maybe I could come up with some more fun ideas. Also, now my daughter has a unique, one-of-a-kind hat displaying her love of all things orchids. I love when I am able to take an abstract thought and run with it, especially when I am successful in creating an end product that looks like what we imagined.
I have posted a slightly more detailed “pattern” on ravelry in my notes for this project. You can find that HERE. I dont plan on writing it out row by row, so the “pattern” is really more of a guide, but its available for free if anyone else is interested in making their own orchid hat.