Praha, ha, ha

Today's post will be in reverse order from prior posts concerning out visit to Europe. I just couldn't resist the title.

When I last wrote about our trip, we were in Cologne. For New Year's, however, we went over to Prague.

Mmmm, mmm. I first visited Prague three years ago, and at the time I thought "Everybody has to go to Prague." I felt the same way this visit, too. Everybody needs to go to Prague! Quick, make those travel plans. I'll wait.

Done? Good. Being in Prague means that I can officially unveil my next-to-last 2007 FO:


Ta dah! If you remember, this was the hat that I started just before Christmas. I finished it "easily" before I left the US. If, by easily, you mean "reknit the top three times." Yep. Three times. The first time I knit the pattern "as written" (if, by "as written", you mean "adjusted for a different gauge). And upon finishing it I thought that it was much too short. It didn't reach my ears.

Okaaaaay, so I needed to frog back and add about an inch. Frog, frog, knit (is this now too long?), knit. And guess what? It was too long. Way too long. Grrrr. So, frog, frog, knit, knit. And, guess what? The second time that I knit the pattern the way I was directed to knit the pattern it fit pretty well. [Don't ask why, I don't know.] I admit that the photo makes the hat look a wee too long, but I think that my scarf was pushing it up from the back and pushing the brim slightly too far down.

The Details:

Pattern: The beret pattern was free from The Point, when I purchased yarn.

Yarn: Twinkle, Soft Chunky, colorway Urchin. One hank.

Needles: US15s, DPNs.

What I changed: I adjusted the pattern for a different gauge. Other than that, nothing.

Would I knit this again: Yes. I like the chunky appearance and easy shaping of this beret. It avoids the "hat head" I so dread this time of year.

Moving on to 2008, here's the latest on Marie's socks.


Not only am I perfecting my magic loop, I'm also learning a great new way to knit short-row heels. Or, rather, I'm learning this technique again, and this time the correct way. I thought I knew how to do this, but apparently I did not. This might explain why I found this technique fiddly the first time that I used it, and overall I saw it as only a slight improvement on the backwards-YO method.

But if you use this technique correctly (as I now am) it's a HUGE improvement over what I was doing before.

Lovin' this pattern! Whoo!


Love the hat - that picture is wonderful. I'd love to get to Prague someday.

I don't like the long stitches the double wrap causes. I use a no-wrap heel in which you pick the bar of the stitch a row below the little space made by the turn , and pass it over. Way less "fiddly", and no long stitches across the seam. I think I learned it from Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. Takes less time to do, too.
Prague looks incredible. I love old cities. Maybe ine Spring, though.

Prague is so lovely! Lucky you. And the hat looks right at home.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Prague and will certainly go back given the chance. The beret looks great.

The hat looks so stylish!
I've used that short row method in Marie's pattern, and like it. But now that Kathy Sue has described another technique, I'm dying to try it!

Nice hat! Nice photo too.

Btw: You must be a little psychic. Seaport Yarns will be moving soon.

This is the short-row method that I use too. Definitely the easiest, and looks the best. Love the hat.

don't you just love that short-row heel method? i feel like it's one of the only ones that works well.

Will add Prague to my list of go to's, did you find any yarn shops?

I am so jealous. I was born about 45 miles from Prague but I haven`t made it there for a year. Funny, me and my hubby took a picture for my blog at exactly the same spot last year in January when we visited my family.
And Great hat, looks very stylish.

Such a nice picture....nice hat, cute couple! Glad you enjoyed the trip, and I hope we'll get to see more pix of you and Sven enjoying the sites.

I crocheted myself a beret starting it in Brussells and finishing it in Germany. I have a pic, at just about the same spot, wearing mine! Prague is just magical.

the hat calls to me. may have to take time to make it. Nice to meet you last night.

Just catching up. So glad you got to see Prague, it's a city I really hope to get to one day. Love that beret - I'm inspired to work out that whole gauge thing...

Love the beret. Any chance of getting the pattern? I've been searching for a perfect beret pattern and though I have two, neither pleases me. I clicked the link to the store you got pattern and yarn from but couldn't turn up a pattern. I'm enjoying your blog so much... I am presently loving knitting lace out of wool to add to various finished projects. Thanks, Judith


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