Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spotted in the wild: more whales!

I'm continually delighted with the amount of whale-themed projects popping up on Ravelry using my little whale chart.  It's always interesting to see how people use it - some take a few elements that they need while some use the entire chart, for example.  There's a good variety of projects that just look better with whales on them, other than the socks that started it all - hats, sweaters, cellphone cozies, etc.  Then we get down to yarn types and colors - and today's featured projects are a great example of the infinite possibilities of all these elements. 

yarnstormer's whale hat
I've shared this first hat with you before, but I want to post it again because a) it's super cute and b) it's a great foil to the next project I'll be sharing with you.  If you recall, yarnstormer's whale hat is a striking mix of Madeline Tosh Sock, Zitron Pro Trekking, and a few colors of The Loopy Ewe's solid series.  She's even kind enough to give you a general recipe for making your own version of this fingering-weight hat: 
CO 132 for 2x2 rib, then inc to 140 (divisible by 14, for chart purposes).

knittingmommee's w h a l e s
This worsted-weight version I came across recently (in one of my favorite yarns, Malabrigo Rios) is bright and cute - and uses buttons for whale eyes!  Knittingmommee's w h a l e s is a cute little beanie with whales floating along the brim - and lucky for you, she also shares the cliff's notes on how to get your own worsted-weight whale hat started:

Cast on 80, increased to 88 sts.

The word is getting out: birds are passé - the cool kids are putting a whale on it!

1 comment:

  1. that's the way to roll! Put a Whale on it!!!