Here's the first nudibranch I knit. I finished it while I was watching the Okeanos Explorer live feed. That's the ship in the background retrieving the Seirios camera sled.
|Hot pink nudibranch|
|Unlike Doubilet I do not have a DSLR camera and brilliant lighting|
I had a lot of this beautiful yarn left over so I decided to try a hat inspired by the nudibranch. It came out too small for the client who wanted the nudibranch and I forgot to cast on with the blue and then switch to green so the stitches wouldn't show through the 3 needle pickup. And I had my camera settings messed up when I photographed it.
At the last minute when I was about ready to ship the nudibranch I decided it needed a piece of coral to pose on. I used two shades of cream in dishcloth cotton. It was hard knitting but it came out ok.
I ordered more yarn to try the nudibranch again. First I had another go at the hat. This one is better. I'm still not happy with the lace I made up for the gills. I like it ending with a plain graft. I am hoping to do some more tests and write up a pattern for this nudibranch beanie for this Fall. I'd love to have feedback from people who live where it's cold enough to wear a wool hat.
|Nudibranch beanie prototype 2, no gills, slouchy|
|I made the edge of the hat intentionally loose to mimic the flare on the nudibranch|
|I think the looser edge will make it more comfortable over the ears|
|The contrast edge can be folded up for a tighter fit and triple thickness over the ears|