Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shibui Mix no. 24

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I'm so excited I can finally show you this hat! It was released today as part of the latest Shibui Knits collection- check it out here on Ravelry or here on the Shibui site.

Photo copyright Shibui Knits

Here's my original version:

Shibui Mix 24

Shibui Mix 24

Shibui Mix 24

I need to reknit it (this version went to the publisher) because I kind of love it. The combination of Merino Alpaca and Baby Alpaca DK is super squishy and delightful, especially in the garter and brioche. 

I thought it might be fun to have a peeksy at the design process for this one. The Shibui folks contacted me wanting something cute and a little slouchy, with a split brim similar to some of my other designs. I sent them this poorly drawn proposal:

At that point we were leaning towards the blue version (which ended up being the final choice) but once I had the yarn in hand, I did some intense swatching, toying with different needle sizes, different ways of using the two yarns together, and different stitch combos, before settling on all the details. 

In the end, I'm very happy with the final project and soooo glad I don't have to keep it a secret anymore! Wheee! I am absolutely smitten with Shibui's branding and styling (not to mention their yarn...duh)- be sure to browse through all of their pattern collections, there is some amazing stuff! 

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