Kathryn Ivy

March 03, 2008 - Posted by Alice Schnebly

A Better Bucket

A better bucket hat.

Project Specs
Pattern: A Better Bucket (PDF)
Pattern Source: Make One Yarn Studio
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Stonechat (130 yds) and Chestnut (55 yds)
Needles: US 8 Denise Needles and bamboo DPNs
Size Completed: To fit 22” head circumference
Date started: 3-1-08
Date completed: 3-2-08
Modifications: Worked underside of brim in a contrast color
Extras: JHB wooden button #1594, 2/3 yd velvet suede trim, 6” suede lace
See it on Ravelry

Happy Malabrigo March! This hat marks the first of many projects I have planned to knit out of Malabrigo this month. I think I’m off to a good start. This pattern is quick, fun, and super cute.I really like the style of this hat!

There are so many things I love about this hat, though I have to admit I didn’t feel that way right off the bat. When it came off the needles, I was really hating the pooling that happened on the body of the hat. It was the first thing my eye was drawn to, and I couldn’t even focus on the cute hat that I’d just finished. I figured the only way to detract for the weird pooling, was add some more stuff to it. I originally had planned to leave the hat very simple, but I think that the embellishments add to the style. I purchased the suede lace, velvet suede trim, and button all at my local Jo-Ann store.

I always love adding that little extra something to my knits, and this time it was working the underside of the brim in a different color. It’s not really visible when wearing the hat, but I love knowing it’s there! The main body of the hat is knit in Stonechat, the lining is done in Chestnut.I chose one of the Malabrigo Merino True Solids that complimented but wouldn’t take away from the gorgeous colors in Stonechat. I worked the pattern as directed, but cast on in the contrast color and worked until one row before the turning row for the brim. Then I changed to the main color and worked the rest of the pattern. I was a little worried at first that bits of the CC would show through when attaching the underside of the brim to the rest of the hat but it doesn’t at all! I am dying to knit this hat again but with a really fun color underneath, like bright pink or orange (maybe as a scaled down Camdyn version? Hmmm...). There are so many great Malabrigo colors I’d love to pair together!

If you’re a Ravelry member you should check out all the Knitalongs that are happening during Malabrigo March. I knit this hat as part of the Better Bucket KAL put on by JulieFrick, who has also already finished her Bucket Hat!