Quincy rocks!

quincy deux

I finished my second Quincy hat (ravelry link) yesterday. This is just the cleverest construction.

quincy deux top

One of the other knitters at knit night (Toni, if you’re keeping score) actually did the garter stitch kitchener join on the moebius strip. I commend her. I thought about doing it. BUT! She also turned the strip so that the join was under the twist of the moebius. Brilliant! I decided then and there that I’d use the three needle bind off again, and hide the slightly irregular join under the twist. Double brilliant! Because it’s hard to be chatty and learn a new technique at the same time, and knit night is all about the chatty. Check this out.

quincy deux seam

Isn’t it cool how the join is just sitting under the twist? I love it. So much that I’m going to take out the crown on the first Quincy hat and scoot that join under the twist, too. I’ve noticed that there’s a little garter bump on the i-cord, right where the join happens, and if it really bothered me, I’d do it differently next time (will there be a next time?). But it doesn’t really bother me, so I’m definitely not going back to re-do the first two!

Details: Quincy hat by Jared Flood
Yarn: Bulky Merino from Knitted Wit in Passionflower colorway
US size 10 needles for band, and size 9 dpns for crown
Mods: 3 needle bind off instead of grafting the ends of the moebius strip, and placing the twist under the twist line instead of opposite the twist

In other news, I just taught a Christmas stocking class at Twisted, using my snowflake Christmas stocking pattern. It was really fun. The group was great, funny and intrepid. They learned to turn a heel, a neater way to make a circular join, knitting in the round, working with two colors, and reading and following a chart. That’s a lot of ground to cover in 3 hours, but they were up for it, and they did great! They’ve promised me pictures of the finished stockings. I’m looking forward to them!

stocking christmas stocking

Knit on!

10 responses to “Quincy rocks!

  1. Wow you are busy! Thanks for listening at knit night. It was really helpful to talk about all the dye stuff. The idea of a drop in fee is a great idea and I’m going to bring that up. I had a great time at knit night!

  2. Another cute Quincy! And an adorable stocking!

  3. I wanna take a Christmas stocking class from you! Both projects look great.

  4. I love the Christmas stocking! That is so cute – hmmm I wonder if I have time to make one before Christmas…

  5. Your Quincy looks great, and thanks for the helpful advice about it!

  6. Wow! Beatiful choice of color for Quincy, and what a great idea to teach a Christmas Stocking for a sock class 🙂

  7. Looks great–love the color of this version!

  8. What an adorable stocking!

  9. Love the Quincy & thanks for the idea about hiding the join. I’m a big fan of the TNBO, so if I can use it – I will! :0) Just waiting for some yarn so I can finish my 1st Quincy. Love the stocking too – it reminds me that I need to go & pull out the stockings I started (but have yet to finish) for my boys – knitting I’d done early in my knitting ‘career’ & needs some work.

  10. Here’s a further hint on hiding the join: start picking up stitches a bit sooner than you think you would on that diagonal line. You can always remove them if you have too many, but it’s hard to add them at the end of the pickup because it will pull you out of alignment from where you want your diagonal to fall. Sounds clear as mud, but you’ll see when you get there. You’ll have to start with a new piece of yarn for the pickup to do this. The first time I picked up, I did it without cutting the yarn after the 3NBO, but that commits you to starting in the right place, and you don’t know exactly where that place is yet (because you’re not counting from the grafted join).

    Have fun!