I hereby declare that the next time you see this hat it will not longer…
In a rare move (because I don’t knit enough to have weekly updates, really) I am joining with Kat and the other unravelers today to talk about my current knit. And my amateur knitting skills despite these many, many years of knitting.
First: the good stuff.
I’m knitting Sarah’s Same As It Ever Was hat and it’s a terrific pattern. The cast on is brilliant and not at all fussy (I’m looking at you, Emily Ocker’s Cast On) and the increases are beautiful and truly mimic the decreases on a knit-in-the-round type project. In other words, both ends are going to match. Lovely.
The yarn is Cider Moon (a blast from the past if ever there was one) in the color Stir Fry. It’s a 100% superwash merino wool and the colors are terrific. Truthfully, Fred snagged it out of one of my yarn bins in my studio and brought it downstairs a few weeks back and I decided he had good taste and it would make a great hat.
Now: the bad stuff.
In a total newbie maneuver, I did not do a gauge swatch. I figured I could just start knitting and measure my gauge after I got a few rounds done. And that worked just fine. But me and the maths, well, we don’t always communicate clearly and my gauge is less than the pattern calls for so I went down a size and stopped increasing when I hit size 3. And off I went to my library conference where I blissfully knit through key note speeches and workshops and meetings. I thought to myself occasionally . . . this seems awfully big . . . but I ignored those thoughts and knit on.
You know where this is going, right?
On Tuesday morning I really looked at what I had on my needles and realized it was huge. I mean, Dale has a pretty big head (not that this is for him) and this would have been way too big even for his Swedish noggin. I finally did what any seasoned knitter would do . . . I unraveled back to the increases and went down to a size 2. I’m now happily knitting forward and, while I think it actually looks a wee bit small, I know it will fit . . . someone.
As for reading, I’m enjoying The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. Is it high quality literature? Nah. Is it quite entertaining and cute? Most definitely.
Happy Unraveled Wednesday, fellow knitters.