Tuesday, February 7, 2012

the hat of incomparable doom

I'm writing today more like I feel like I should be instead of actually having something concrete to write about.

The owl hat is finished...

and, no, this one is not the hat of incomparable doom. The pattern is Wise Old Owl Hats, and you can find it on ravelry or on this website here. The pattern calls for bulky weight, and I used one strand of Vanna's Choice solids with one strand of Encore DK. I think it made it more of a super bulky though, because I cast on the recommended stitches for the pattern and it was HUGE. So, I cut out a repetition and cast on 76, then increased by one stitch before beginning the owl motif. I'm not sure I'm happy with it, though. It's a well written pattern, easy to follow and everything, but the hat still seems, if not big, then tall. I stopped about an inch before the recommended 6"-from-cast-on-edge and then started the decreases like I was supposed to and it's just a big hat. Eh, it keeps you warm. 

No, the hat of incomparable doom is this one.

(and, yes, I knit a lot of hats. They take single skeins, are relatively quick, and if your friends want you to knit for them it's about the right amount of investment into a project).

This hat has been kicking my bum. I don't know what it is about it... I adapted the pattern from flat knitting from a very old stitch dictionary, and that all worked fine, but I tell you, I have to pay SO much attention to this hat while I'm knitting I can't do anything else. I seem to be incapable of following the pattern, so I made countless mistakes and realized it rows too late, then tried to rip it out while the fuzzy nature of the yarn (akin to mohair, it's that sticky) made it almost impossible to rip out and start over. I started with 91, and that was too big, so I cast on 84 then figured I would add creative little yarn-overs to match up with the existing pattern and increase up to 91 for the body. Yeah... I had to rip it back three more times. And the yarn is splitty. Very, very splitty. If it wasn't for the fact that the yarn was a gift to me and the hat is a gift for someone else and the colors are so very, very pretty, I would throw this in a garbage can and light it on fire.

Stupid hat.

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