Why would you wash Malabrigo?

Remember this hat I made last year? It eventually went to my niece since she has outgrown the first Malabrigo hat I made for her.

Well, my clean-freak sister (no offense, sis!) thought it was dirty and needed cleaning so, guess what, she threw it in the washing machine! Why, in the name of all that is holy, I asked her would you do that? The poor thing has now felted and shrunk to about a newborn baby size. My precious Malabrigo hat. *sniff sniff*

Anyway, to get over that and to give Isabel a new hat, I knitted this for her.

I started it before New Year’s Eve then left it to one side since the recipient is still away on holiday anyway. I picked it up again last week and I managed to finish it in two days. I love love love working with Malabrigo for its butter-soft feel. I hate hate hate working with Malabrigo because of the thickie thin sections of it. Is it just me or does everyone else find that highly annoying?

So, FO shots. Yes, twisted rib. I never thought I’d see the day that I would do twisted stitches! Cookie A patterns here I come!
I love how the decrease is constructed. I had doubts about it but then decided to trust the designer. And she is amazing!
It’s like little braids going down a little girls back. So cute.
Okay, just one more shot I promise.
This is all the yarn I have left. I managed to squeeze out two hats from this one skein of Malabrigo. Not bad.
Project: The Replacement
Pattern: Claudia by MJ Kim
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted
Colourway: Orchid, used half a skein
Needles: 4mm
Cast on: 30 Dec 2009
Cast off: 7 Jan 2010
Notes: CO 110 stitches and reduced to 75 for the body

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