Finishing the hat

Switching to dpn

I started a hat. And I got bored with it. And I decided I wasn't going to make it the way I originally thought, and for the person I originally intended. But I figured I *had* to finish it, and since I was more or less making up my own pattern (gulp!), I had no idea it would be so hard to decrease a ribbed hat. This was my first project knitting in the round, and I used both circular needles and double-pointed needles.

Sigh. The picture at left shows me switching from circular needles to dpn. Another whoops, since I had been knitting on circular needles smaller than the size 8 dpns I bought for this project. I don't know why I didn't start the project on my size 8 circular needles, but ... bygones, right? (For some reason, it never occurred to me to make sure the needles were the same size before I started the project. I just grabbed the set on top of my knitting bag and set to work.)

So I ran out to JoAnn to pick up some dpns that will be the right size. Except I didn't own a knit gauge, and I couldn't remembered whether my circular needle was a 5 or a 6. I picked up dpns in both 5 AND 6 and also grabbed a knit gauge and managed to get out of the store just before closing.

Close-up of top of hatWouldn't you know it, when I got home, I discovered my circular needles were a size 7? This is what Shakespeare would have called a "Comedy of Errors," and what I was starting to call a "knitmare."

As you can see in the picture to the right (click for full image), the gauge wasn't TOO far off -- but I had a heckuva time with the decreasing. You see I gave up trying to make the ribs work and just did the last 16 rows or so in stockinette.

But finish it I did, and unless you know what you're looking for, you'd probably be hard-pressed to figure out anything's actually wrong with it. And even though I was designing this as a gift for someone else and that plan won't work anymore, it's not a bad little hat. I could definitely see myself wearing this on a cool, crisp autumn day in Seattle.

 The finished product


And the student surpasses the teacher.  Good job!  I'm proud of you.  

GrammarCop's picture

And how is your dpn project coming, btw?

skogknits's picture

the hat looks great regardless of the fiasco. at least you can look at the bright side of are building up your needle collection and will be ready for any future projects that are sure to come your way soon!!!

GrammarCop's picture

My needles and yarn stash have now completely overflowed my knitting bag. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.

The hat looks great and I think the stocking stitch at the top just adds to the appeal. Im yet to make a ribbed hat becasue I to think the decreasing may cause problems for me. None the less you should be proud.

GrammarCop's picture

Thanks. :) I honestly didn't think about the ribbing/decrease problem until it was time to start decreasing. Since then, I've seen a few patterns online for hats that use a 1x1 rib -- which would have been a LOT easier to shape, I think. I've also seen several patterns that rib the first 12 or so rows before switching to stockinette.

Warren's picture

Haven't I heard somewhere that mistakes become design features?!  The hat looks great and you're right, no one would ever know the stockinette wasn't intended unless you told them.

GrammarCop's picture

Hehe, thanks. Reminds me of the old software engineer's fallback: "It's not a bug, it's a feature!"

Warren's picture

Laughing I came from the software development field!  Now, I'm no longer in that hectic career, but it sure did give me some valuable experiences!