Friday, March 30, 2018

"Hairy" Knitting

preparing to cast on
March 2018
Someone donated two skeins of Haute Fur to the local charity knitting group, and I took both skeins to knit "No-Hair-Day" Chemo Cap by Sue W. Thompson (Ravelry link)

I've knit several of the caps before, but this was the first time I'd knit with the Yarn Bee brand (Hobby Lobby). The skein contains 76 yards, and I thought it would be enough to knit a medium/large cap, and it nearly was.

The pattern is easy - just plain knit in the round for six inches and then begin decreasing. I was on the sixth row of decreases when the tail of the yarn came into view over the arm of my knitting chair. Tinking back is impossible with this hairy yarn, so I to make some adjustments and began decreasing more quickly. In the end, it didn't change the appearance of the hat, but it's probably a half and inch shorter. After knitting the hat/cap is turned inside out so the smooth knit side is worn next to the head.
a very "hairy" cap
Yarn Bee Haute Fur yarn - Magenta #545
March 2018
Now that I'm aware of how the yarn knits, the multi-colored skein, shown above, will become a size small/medium cap and shouldn't need any last minute adjustments to the pattern.

I recommend this yarn for knitting the "No-Hair-Day" cap because it doesn't require attaching a new ball/skein of yarn, and the "hair" fibers are much longer than the Lion Brand Fun Fur yarn I've used; thus, creating a more realistic and thicker head of "hair."

Do you like knitting with eyelash, novelty yarn?



14 comments:

  1. I love that cap!!!! I've knit with it several times for scarves and twiddlemitts and thought it wasn't as terrible to knit with as I thought. I always love the results.

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  2. That cap is so much fun! I have a red scarf knit by my cousin that is this type of yarn.

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  3. How fun!!!!!!! Another generous use of your time!

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  4. "Back in the day" I made several eyelash yarn scarves for my step-sister-in-law. She says she still wears them.

    It's hard to admit, but yes, I DID like knitting with the stuff. I especially liked shaking out the finished product and watching the fluff fill out.

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  5. Several years ago I used this sort of yarn to knit a scarf each for my grand daughters, one in red and the other in black. Then found some pretty variegated yarn in blues and lilac and made one for myself.

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  6. What a sweet hat! I have never enjoyed knitting with novelty yarn but this almost makes me want to give it another try. Thank you for being so generous with your time and your skills. Blessings always, Betsy

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  7. I have never tried this type of yarn...I think it would make me crazy - lol. Your hat turned out really nice though.

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  8. I've knit a few novelty scarves - I never minded it much

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  9. ARGH -- no I'm not thrilled with hairy yarn! But it will be fabulous for a chemo patient.

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  10. I've used it and not minded it too much as long as you don't have to tink it! These hats are just right for chemo hats! Nice job!

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  11. That's a great yarn for a chemo cap. I'm sure someone will really enjoy receiving that.

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  12. Yes I have crocheted with it...you have guess where to put the hook in! That is a real pretty chemo cap...someone will smile when they are wearing it! :)

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  13. I have knitted with this yarn but I’m not a fan of knitting with it, tho I like the results.

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  14. Judy and I feel the same...Your hat turned out great.

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