I can hardly believe it’s done. It’s my first F.O. in the round. What an experience. When I first had the temerity to sign up for the beer cozy swap I thought, “How hard can it be?” I slowly began to find out. I started out with the magic loop method but got banjaxed with pulling the yarn too tight at the joining stitches so much so that the last stitch wouldn’t slide up onto the needle. So I moved onto dpns. I tried 3 and I tried 4. I tried metal and I tried wood. I could not do it without getting laddering at the original join column of stitches. All the way up the tube. I would pull and I would yank on the first, the second and the third stitches at that joining every round and always when I came around to it again it was like a shoelace the kept coming untied. Mystified, I moved onto the two-circulars method. I had a laddering problem with that too. Then I thought, “I’ll knit it flat and do the mattress stitch for a seamless joining.” I found that the mattress stitch is going to require more practice than I had time for. (There was a deadline for the swap.) So at this point I began to panic. I had less than two weeks to make this happen. I actually wondered if I could buy one somewhere. I was preparing a post detailing my woe when I thought, “Let me give the magic loop one more try.” And somehow this time it worked.
It’s all Red Heart Super Saver. Size 8 Addi Turbo. Magic Loop. The pattern is from The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe. It’s a detail from a hat pattern.