The Hat that Ate My Head
Posted by Amber on December 13, 2006
One final down (unsettlingly easy), one (expecting to cry) to go, but while waiting for today’s final, I finished my hat. It was sort of an exercise in stashbusting – I had two balls of ArtYarns SuperMerino (can I mention how super this yarn is again?) from my toe up sock class – but I disliked the socks, so I figured I’d make a hat some day. A misestimation in yarn sent one of the balls abroad a few months back (and a certain prom dress clad bitch better send me pictures one of these days!).
Anyway, then there was one. Not having the good sense to do a basic top down hat (when was the last time I had good sense, anyway?) I just started a 3×2 rib (I think I might have planned to make a new Odessa). But then I didn’t have the pattern with me and the ribbing was getting kind of long, and what the hell – 3×2 ribbed hat it is! I made it through the first ball, and the hat was about 6 inches. Off to Stitch DC and picked up one more ball (which of course is a different dye lot — no one mention it to me!). I made it through the straight part last night at Stitch and Bitch, and then did the math to have five decrease lines (rather than the stand by: knit 10, k2tog, k 9 k2tog… or as I call it, the swirly top hat).
I did all the decrease rounds before my final today, people who also didn’t want to study (cram) were asking me about it – one guy throught it was a pair of baby pants, later he asked me if I sew the top together and then turn it inside out (which, okay, you do sort of do that when you’re sewing). I left my finishing kit at home, so I didn’t get to weave in ends until then – when I also realized the top was too pointy. So I ripped back 2 rows, and now the top is much nicer.
The basic formula:
2 balls ArtYarns SuperMerino.
Cast on 110, pm, join in round. Work in K3P2 rib for ~9 inches.
From marker, work 22 stitches in pattern, pm; repeat (5 markers total)
Do a left slanting decrease (SSK), work in pattern until 2 stitches before marker, do a right slanting decrease (K2TOG) [now, you’ll have 20 stitches between the markers]. Repeat around.
Work 1 round in pattern.
Work a decrease round (now, you’ll have 18 stitches between the markers).
Continue until you have 10 stitches on the needles, break the yarn and thread through the live stitches, cinching the gap closed.
Weave in ends, fold back the brim and enjoy the warm eared goodness!
(I had about 6 yards left over)
[Pictures of the hat being normal tomorrow, when I have a photographer handy!]