domenica 26 giugno 2016

Baldo!

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Ho fatto questo cappello (invernale!) in campeggio, in un caldo pomeriggio estivo.
Il giorno prima ero stata sul monte Baldo, con una funivia panoramica che parte da Malcesine, sul lago di Garda, ed arriva fino alla cima del monte, a 1760 metri!
Lassù solo verdi prati, aria fresca, gente che passeggiava sotto un cielo splendente e... un gruppo di alpaca?!
Un negozietto offriva un giro di trekking con questi splendidi animali ma anche manufatti e gomitoli fatti con la loro lana.
Non potevo esimermi dall'acquistare questo speciale souvenir!

Una volta tornata in campeggio ho subito pensato ad un cappello allegro ed originale che mi ricordasse la bella giornata trascorsa sul monte Baldo. Eccolo!


I made this beanie at camping, on a hot summer afternoon. The day before I was on mount Baldo, with a panoramic cabelway carrying people from Malcesine, on Garda lake, to the peak of the mount (1760 meters!). Up there green fields, fresh air, a lot of people walking, and ...a bunch of alpacas!? A little shop offered trekking tours with these lovely animals and (happiness) alpaca yarn. 
I discovered it is a local yarn but it's not as pure as I actually like: it contains 10% polyamid, and I'd never bought such a yarn in a different circumstances. But it's knitter's souvenir, you know... Back at camping I immediately thought about a new hat to remember the day.
Here it is.


Yarn: Elalpaca (68% baby alpaca, 22% merino, 10% polyamid), 50g x 110m, 2 balls (two colors, MC is main color, W is white)

Needles: 5.5mm (or what you need to fit gauge), circular 40cm long and/or dpns

Gauge: 18 sts in 10 cm (stockinette st)

Size: S/M/L head circumference cm 46-48 / 50 / 52-54

Co 85/90/95 sts in MC
Knit 4 rounds
Next round: S (k2tog, yo)*42, k1 / M (k2tog, yo)*45 / (k2tog, yo)*47, k1
Knit 4 rounds (picot edge to fold and sew later)

*Round 1: (pass 2 sts purlwise, k3white)
Round 2: (pass 2 sts purlwise, p3white)
Knit 3 rounds in MC
Knit next round with white yarn
Purl next round with white yarn
Knit 3 rounds in MC *
3 times (2 times S size) from * to *

Round 1: (pass 2 sts purlwise, k3white)
Round 2: (pass 2 sts purlwise, p3white)
Knit 3 rounds in MC Knit next round with white yarn
Purl next round with white yarn
(MC) Next round: knit
(MC) Next round: S (k15, k2tog)*5 / M (k16, k2tog)*5 / L (k17, k2tog)*5
(MC) Next round: S (k14, k2tog)*5 / M (k15, k2tog)*5 / L (k16, k2tog)*5
Round 1: (pass 2 sts purlwise, k3white)
Round 2: (pass 2 sts purlwise, p3white)
(MC) Next round: knit
(MC) Next round: S (k13, k2tog)*5 / M (k14, k2tog)*5 / L (k15, k2tog)*5
(MC) Next round: S (k12, k2tog)*5 / M (k13, k2tog)*5 / L (k14, k2tog)*5
Knit next round with white yarn
Purl next round with white
(MC) Next round: knit
(MC) Next round: S (k11, k2tog)*5 / M (k12, k2tog)*5 / L (k13, k2tog)*5
(MC) Next round: S (k10, k2tog)*5 / M (k11, k2tog)*5 / L (k12, k2tog)*5
... Keep on decreasing up to ...
(MC) Next round: S (k3, k2tog)*5 / M (k4, k2tog)*5 / L (k5, k2tog)*5
Cut yarn, pass tail into remaining stitches and close.


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