There is something about making hats. They are so quick and you can try out different techniques and design features without too much commitment. I pulled this pattern from Hats On! I have said it before, but I will say it again, this book is a great little book of hat designs. This particular hat was a birthday gift for Special K. He needed something understated and knit in one color; but for my own personal interest, I needed something to keep it engaging.
Cables keep things interesting enough, so I chose this pattern. Very easy cabling with a nice result, I think.
I like to try and learn something new with each project, when possible. With this hat, I learned how to do a yarn over tubular cast on. It was kind of tedious, but it was also sort of fun. It's not like I got it the first (or second) time around, but after a few tries everything worked out and now I have a new skill for making a clean cast on edge for stretchy garments. Good stuff, no?
Aran Watch Cap
Pattern: from Charlene Schurch's Hats On!
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Fog, 2 Skeins
Needles: Bamboo Circular and DPNs in US 6
Modifications: Shortened the crown pattern
Start Date: January 25, 2007
End Date: January 27, 2007
If I just went with my first cast on, this hat would have been done the day after I started it; but, I wanted to make sure it looked good. I started the project over three times, I wanted to make sure I was doing it right (you know, the yarn over tubular cast on, it's no joke). Also, something to mention, I pretty much ran out of yarn. The pattern calls for 220 yards of worsted weight yarn, and that is what I had--exactly--but it technically was not enough. I knit the crown one inch shorter than called for by the pattern (and it wasn't even the largest size) to make sure that I could finish, it worked out okay and it looks fine, but if I had made the largest size I would have been out of luck. Oh, and if you are wondering, yes, I got gauge....weird, right?
After finishing the hat, I returned to Arwen, just like I said I would. I am not holding on to any false hope of finishing this sweater by the end of the month (I am learning that being realistic is a healthy thing, really); but, I can get a good chunk of it done if I just concentrate on that sweater alone for another couple of days. Project monogamy, it's a beautiful thing...