Sunday, August 9, 2009

So I made a hat

I saw this pattern on Ravelry and fell in love. It was free, so I immediately downloaded and printed it and then fretted over yarn for a while. The estate sale yarn was still supposed to be in quarantine at that point, but I couldn't help but want to use it, you know how it is with new things. SoI dug out the blue and the brown and began this Indian Summer. I started out thinking I was going to gift it, but I think I will keep this one for me.
It was a fairly easy pattern, so I was able to do most of it while watching TV. And I happened to have a brown button around that worked well with this yarn, so I was able to finish it without setting it aside in a basket of things intended to be finished at a later date. Go me. So it took me about a week, start to finish, or tv knitting in the evenings and such.
The only thing I would do differently next time is that, despite getting guage, my ribbing is too loosey-goosey. Or maybe its that i don't have much hair. But anyway, I think I will go down a needle size or two for the ribbing next time or cast on less stitches and then just increase to the number I need for the top of the hat. Going down a needle size or two sounds easier. I am thinking of doing the next one with a flat yarn and a haloed yarn (like mohair) held together. I'm wondering how that will look, if the halo of the yarn will take away too much from the pattern.

Anyway, if you are looking for a simple slouchy hat pattern, go to Ravelry and look up Indian Summer. :-)


shelley said...

I was so behind on your blog! Oh hey, excitement, I finally got a texting plan =)
Anyway, your Vacation Clap looks wonderful--some day it will cool down enough to wear it. You've had a lot of fibery goodness! I'm working on some scarves for Daria's friend's mission trip. I do want to make a hat but your Indidan Summer scared me because no matter what I do, the first time I make a hat pattern it turns out too big, and then I have to figure out how to change needle size or take out stitches.
Also making a mitred square baby blanket, and one for me out of Noro Taiyo.

Knit-O-Matic said...

Hats are fun. And its a great pattern. My other idea was to hold he yarn together with some of that elastic thread stuff to make the ribbing 'hold' better. That would be a pretty easy solution. :-)

shelley said...

Emily tried that with some weird yarn that wouldn't hold a rib--didn't work. And it showed more than I'd have thought. On the one you've finished, can you just sew around the inside rib a few times with elastic thread? Do patterns expect you to use the next needle down for ribbing? I know on ball bands if there are 2 needle sizes, the small one is for ribbing. But what do I know since I wasn't lying when I said every hat I make the first time is too big.