December 27, 2006
I'm so glad you liked my Melon Scarf. I want to add that this project is very practical, especially during a warm winter like the one we're currently having.
I wore the scarf all day Monday, looped around my neck and tucked under my coat - not too bulky, very soft, just the right amount of "pop" under a black coat.
As I worked the last few rounds of the Kristen hat, I eyed the dwindling skeins of yarn nervously. I was certain that white, the contrast color, would last to the end, but the red skein seemed to be set on giving me a small heart attack.
Imagine my relief when I reached the end of the chart and didn't run out of yarn! Good thing I wasn't planning on adding pompoms, tassels, or braids. Wheww!
All along I kept in mind that Ashley had to go down several needle sizes to get gauge when knitting her Bea Ellis hat. In my case, I ended up using the recommended US 5s, and my tension is actually a bit tighter than what's specified in the pattern; my hat, more snug than expected.
But while worrying about getting the right number of stitches per inch and a reasonable hat circumference, I didn't pay attention to how deep my hat was coming out. It seemed kind of long, but I noted the fast rate of decreases at the crown and kept on knitting.
Is it just me, or do I look like the Guy with the really big hat?
I've already frogged this project way too many times to go through it again (all trying to get gauge... stupid gauge), so I did the only reasonable thing - cut off the bit that was too long!
Stockinette fabric, especially one worked in the round, looks the same when knit from either direction. I figured that this hat was "stockinette" too, just a two-color stockinette.
We live, we try, we learn.
Now I know that the complexities of stranded knitting result in all kinds of weird loops at the starting edge. I think I know how to deal with it, though. And anything is better than looking like the Pope.