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Odessa

Magknits, February 2006
Grumperina Designs
Knitting
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches in pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
142 yards (130 m)
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(description from magknits.com)

Everything about this hat reminds me of a crisp spring day in Odessa: the color – a carbon copy of blooming lilac blossoms all over the city, the swirling lines – reminiscent of the sun poking through the clouds, the pearly beads – people’s smiles and sparking eyes greeting the coming summer months.

The Odessa hat is a satisfying project – knit entirely in the round and requiring only one skein of Rowan Cashsoft DK, there is minimal finishing and immediate wearability. The natural stretchiness of the yarn and pattern allow the hat to cover a range of head sizes – from 20” / 51 cm (large child) to 23” / 58 cm (large adult). The beads are a wonderful detail, although it’s important to point out that they are a choking hazard; please use your judgment. Omitting the beads and choosing an appropriate yarn color will most certainly please masculine Odessa admirers, too.