Tuesday, April 8, 2008



Pattern: Odessa by Grumperina
Raveled here

I used a smidgen over one skein of Crucci 8ply I had leftover from the pinwheel sweater. The beads have been floating around in my craft box for ages.

When I first saw this pattern I thought it looked rather complicated and I actually thought it was rib (and therefore slow). I was pleasantly surprised to find it was not at all difficult and doesn't involve any purling at all!! It's also very intuitive which is probably the thing I liked most about it. I just love how it spirals round and all that's involved are some ssk and some yo. Very clever.

I would love to make this again. Because the beads I used were bigger than the tiny ones used in the pattern I did 7 plain rows between the beaded rows (instead of 3). Next time I think I'll omit the beads as I think the hat is interesting enough with just the spiral. In retrospect I wish I had just done a plain hat as I think my beads are probably a bit big.
Not to worry. Mission accomplished...I have a hat for taking with me next week.


OMG! I can't link to the pattern because Magknits has been taken down! The Lumpy Sweater has an interesting article summarising it all here. I'm really quite shocked, and not to mention freakin thankful I did this BEFORE the 2nd glove (haha so there !!! procrastination does have it's uses!!). Thank goodness I got this done BEFORE the site went down. Phew. Hopefully Grumperina will post her pattern on her blog so people can continue to enjoy making this cool hat.


Nikki (Mother of the Devil Child) said...

Oooo - that's cool! I want to knit myself a hat and am thinking that is a cool pattern. Hope it is still around (I'm too lazy to look at the links just yet - too many other projects waiting for me!!)

Anonymous said...

My goodness, all these thrilling tales of last minute knits (and printed copies) is putting me on the edge of my seat! One woman printed out two copies of a pattern just before the site went down!

Kate Schmidt said...

That is just scrumptious.

Sharonnz said...

I like! Have been meaning to try the beading thing too.

Anonymous said...

Just in time with the pattern then! I think the beads look great. Love the shot with your baby.

Sonia said...

It looks like those beads and yarn were meant to be together. Nice job!

Michaela Dollar said...

That turned out really cool! I love the color!

Anonymous said...

WOW turned out way cool Gabes :D and those beads weren't to big :D and of course way better looking IRL :P