Pharaoh's Crown Hat

albert's picture

The fun continues as I transfigure stash to hats. This one's off the top of my head for on the top of my head; or maybe I'm just off my head.

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asbrigida's picture

I love the hat! You will

I love the hat! You will have a great time "hat spotting" after next fall.

Bill's picture

If that hat were slightly

If that hat were slightly felted, it would be a pure Renaissance shape!
...the next set of hats I make for a show, I should consider knitting them...( or comission Albert to knit them)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

By an interesting fluke, the

By an interesting fluke, the latest "PieceWork" has an article on knitting for the stage. The lead off is for faux chainmail but goes on to discuss other costuming ideas. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Bill's picture

Yes...I've knitted chainmail

Yes...I've knitted chainmail of cotton string.
...now..I usually try the thrift store for inside out sweaters...and piece the body from that...but for legs, we still have to knit...
...but I notice that he foils his mail...a bit too shiny for the kind of theatre I do...
I actually "silver" my mail with powdered graphite... give a beautiful steel colour.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That's what made me uneasy

That's what made me uneasy with those photos ... too shiny. Of course, the nylon would also have a sheen, even after dyeing. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Mnjack's picture

Hi Albert, I love the hat

Hi Albert,
I love the hat and the colors are perfect. I have not tried a hat yet. If I thought it would come as nicely as your hats I would try on. Very nice work.

albert's picture

Thanks, Jack. Hats take so

Thanks, Jack. Hats take so little time and yarn that you can let your imagination go and just experiment. They are a good "breather" when you are in the middle of a bigger project and need a break- but keep that under your hat.

murfpapa's picture

I've always been afraid to

I've always been afraid to mix colors but this is very nice! You always do such beautiful work.

albert's picture

Thanks, John. As Kaffe

Thanks, John. As Kaffe Fassett says"When in doubt, add twenty more colors"!

purlyman's picture

Albert - I love this hat.

Albert - I love this hat. The colors are great and I love the design and pattern. I'd love to see it on someone's head somewhere too!!

albert's picture

Thank you, Frank. My plan

Thank you, Frank. My plan is to donate all these hats to a local charity next fall and spend the winter "hat spotting" for my work in the Greater Portland area- should be fun!

Tom Hart's picture

Completely awesome hat,

Completely awesome hat, Albert. Never saw anything like that before. Makes me want to get up and sing, "King Tut" :)

albert's picture

Tom- less singing, more

Tom- less singing, more knitting (let the needles sing)!

Tom Hart's picture

Oh, I’m knitting, Albert.

Oh, I’m knitting, Albert. Oh, God yes! I’m about half way through my first project. My first “knitting project”, I should say. It’s a knitted doormat using jute twine again. Three strands of each color (green and natural) this time instead of two. (This is absolutely my last project with twine. It’s like knitting with rope!) The pattern is called Mediterranean Mosaic and it’s from The Knitted Rug by Donna Druchunas (the same book being used for the upcoming rug knit along). In the book it is a slip stitch pattern. Slip stitch with twine sucked so I converted it to a stranded project and it looks great. If I weren’t giving it to someone, I’d hang it on my wall. But it is work. Each stitch is an event. And it’s a stranded project. So you have to be mindful of the whole loose-float thing as well. At the end of each row I give the whole thing a good pull. The project is 24” across. I started out with it on 26” dowel/needles. But as the project got heavier and heavier they began to snap. Having to stop and carve and sand myself new points on new dowels got old. I realized that I was somehow going to have to come to terms with those tiny-ass Addi needles. (If I were knitting with sock-weight yarn I actually think I’d have no problem at all with the Addis but for this project they’re ridiculous.) So my solution is to knit the stitches onto a 10” dpn til it’s full and then slip the stitches out the back onto the right hand needle of the Addi. The circular can hold the work easily and flexibly and I can knit with an appropriately sized needle. Because I’m pulling three strands of twine through each stitch, I need leverage. You can’t get that from a 4” Addi needle. You need a regular sized needle that you can grab fully a-hold of so you can get that twine through that stitch. Anyway I can’t wait to start making rugs with yarn. It’s going to be so much easier.

Bill's picture

Dan is working VERY

Dan is working VERY hard!
I've been watching him knit this rug...it's beautiful!
but he's using hardware store sisal twine...and it's hard work!

Bill's picture

I have no idea why I called

I have no idea why I called Tom "Dan"...must be senility!

Tom Hart's picture

I'm right behind you in that

I'm right behind you in that department, Bill. :)

albert's picture

Madness!!!

Madness!!!

Tom Hart's picture

As per usual you’re right

As per usual you’re right on the money, Albert. It is utter and complete madness. It’s a beginner’s madness, I think. But it’s teaching me a lot. And they say it’s a great preparation for knitting with cotton and linen. So there’s that. But I’ll be so glad when it’s over. It’s going to be one helluva doormat though.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Brave Tom! If it is

Brave Tom! If it is anything like weaving with linen, you almost need thin leather gloves to maintain control and not get your fingers cut up. Kudos and Blessings for courage. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Tom Hart's picture

Nah, three strands is like

Nah, three strands is like bulky-weight yarn: it's thick. I'm looking forward to working with linen though. I'd like to make a summer vest and I've been told that linen would be a good choice for that. Thanks for the cheers!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Having worked with cotton

Having worked with cotton and linen I almost forgot to mention that you may need to moisturize your hands after a session. The fibers can really dry out your skin, especially linen. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very interesting, Albert. I

Very interesting, Albert. I once had an idea for a similar hat but never took it beyond the rough sketch stage. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

PieintheSky88's picture

Your work always looks so

Your work always looks so amazing! That's such a fun hat... definitely one for the books =)

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

albert's picture

Some books are better left

Some books are better left unwritten! Thanks, Joe.

Kerry's picture

Great looking hats Albert.

Great looking hats Albert.

albert's picture

Thanks, Kerry!

Thanks, Kerry!

ronhuber's picture

Very clever, Albert. The

Very clever, Albert. The colours really go togther nicely and the top is so wonderful. Way to go.

albert's picture

Actually, Ron, I think the

Actually, Ron, I think the top is over-the-top!

albert's picture

Bottom up, with a couple of

Bottom up, with a couple of purl rounds thrown in before starting my decreases- 10% every other row, till one final round of k2tog to finish.

Your stash busting mood is

Your stash busting mood is coming up with some great projects Albert. Love the hat and the colourway.

albert's picture

Thanks, Christine- I'm

Thanks, Christine- I'm having a good time with it.

Crafty Andy's picture

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Great job, nice colorwork.

albert's picture

Hats really are a lot of

Hats really are a lot of fun, Andy!

scottly's picture

Albert, you're inspiring me!

Albert, you're inspiring me! Love the color work. Was this top down or bottom up?