Quincy is qute

Well, cute, really.

I finished my Quincy hat last week at knit night, and it’s taken almost a week to get some time on a day where there was enough light to get a decent picture!


This hat is absolutely adorable. We passed it around on knit night, and it looks good on everyone. Even me, the one who doesn’t wear hats because they flatten my hair.


Do you wonder why I take so many pictures at the piano? It’s because the black and white are balanced so well, the exposure and colors generally turn out fairly true. But I digress.


You can turn the hat in any direction. Except this one. Because I wimped out at our chatty knit night and used a three needle bind off to join the moebius instead of slogging through a kitchener stitch join. The seam is pretty obvious. I’d like to make another Quincy, and see if I can either finagle a better result with a three needle bind off (right side to wrong side? right side to right side? wrong side to wrong side?), or else just kitchener the darned thing!

Here are the details:

Quincy Hat by Jared Flood
Classic Elite Ariosa (as specified in pattern) 10% cashmere, 90% superfine merino
Size 10 and 9 needles
Mods: just substituting the 3 needle bind off for the kitchener stitch join

I liked working with this yarn. It was a loosely spun single which seemed to want to untwist itself, but it’s so soft, I forgive it. My next one will be in a different yarn, though, because this one was pretty spendy!


Thank you so much for weighing in on my clear Converse shoes. I still haven’t felt compelled to wear them, so I think I’ll be returning them. And I’ve figured out why. They’re not very girly! I don’t find them flattering. And it’s not that I don’t have shoes for showing off my hand knit socks. You saw the Danskos. I also have these:

skechers clear

These are cuter than the Converse. But like the Converse, they’re not that comfortable. So it’s a good thing I have these:

skechers biker

These are Skechers, too; the model name is Biker. They’re really comfortable, and they’re cute! I wear them a lot, but not when it’s raining, because they’re so holey.

18 responses to “Quincy is qute

  1. Love the hat – and great idea to photograph it on the piano!

  2. Love the hat! I am not a shoe person by any means but looking at yours I wanna go shoe shopping. I think that’s the first time I’ve said that. EVER!

  3. Quincy is really cute! And I love the pictures on the piano…

    Great shoes – very cute!

  4. I LOVE the Bikers. I may have to check out the Skechers store at Waterford and see if they have them.

    Congrats on the hat finish. It’s adorable.

  5. Cute hat!! I like the Skechers, too.

    You caught the light just right…Yay!!! This weather been just dismal for photography? Ugh!

  6. Love your Quincy!!! And I actually really like those clear shoes too. Will you keep them and try to break them in?

  7. man I miss knit night! Everything looks beautiful!

  8. Quincy looks great! And the Skechers are awesome.

  9. I love the clear Sketchers! Those are awesome. Every knitter should have some. I also love the hat…too cute.

  10. You didn’t go to Yarn Garden last night to have Jared sign your booklet?

    I’m thinking take the time for kitchener, its really not that hard to do once you get into the flow. Heck I even learned how to do a garter stitch version for the Kernel scarf I knit up for Knit-Purl. You too can do this! 😉

    Still think you need to include a pic of you wearing the hat to prove that it really does work for everyone, I’m not convinced. LOL

  11. How are the Sketchers smell-wise? I had a pair similar to those and they made my feet stink! And everybody else said the same thing. It’s been a few years, I’m hoping they fixed that problem because I want another pair now.

  12. No smellies here! At least not on the black Bikers. The clear ones still smell like plastic, but I haven’t worn them very much at all. They’re just a skosh narrow on me.

  13. I love that hat!

  14. The clear skechers are very cool! Interesting hat design too. I’m not a hat person but I love to knit them. 🙂

  15. And I was thinking you might model the hat for us on YOUR head. 🙂

    I think the Sketchers look better than the Converse. What I’d like is a cute pair of mary jane style shoes, and I’d like to try the Sofft brand someday. I think they would show of hand knit socks well.

  16. The hat is great! And I love those shoes, I’ll have to check out Sketchers.

  17. Love your Quincy hat and socks. I especially love the shoes! I have the clear ones but had no idea they had a more comfortable version out:)

    Hmmmm…. You know I have a shoe problem he he…

  18. Hey! I have the Bikers, too! I actually wore out my pair. 🙂