WIP - And a Question...

I first wanted to say that a few of us from MWK here in Denver got together on Saturday for about 2 hours and, in my opinion, had a really great time. It was great to put names and faces together with a real person. Looks like we'll be doing it again soon too.

Anyway, I got quite a bit done on the stranding cap that I've been working on, this one in cotton yarn with 180 stitches on size 1 needles. I'm quite happy with how it's turning out and although it fits quite well on my head, I'm afraid it should probably be a bit more snug to start out with as my guess is it will stretch out a bit. So my question is, will washing and drying (air or dryer?) help shrink the hat a bit? I'm at the point where I'll begin on the top soon and I'm wondering if I should frog it and start again with few stitches all around.

Hope everyone has a great week.


teejtc's picture

Cotton will often shrink some. If it were me, I'd get it a little wet and put it in a dryer, on low, with a couple of NON-LINTY towels. When I'm shrinking something I usually get it damp and if it's not going to bleed put it in with some dress shirts... then I do double duty (dryer "iron" the shirts and shrink the hat). Cotton doesn't really do the DRAMATIC shrinkage (like wool when it felts) but you might want to check it after 15 minutes or so.

WAY cool pattern by the way.. and your knitting is beautiful. Size 1s huh... ick. I love using 2s but 1s make me cringe :-)

Grace and Peace,

purlyman's picture

Thanks Tim. I'm hoping that it will shrink some although it doesn't need to shrink all that much, so hopefully I'm in luck. Yeah... size 1s! It's my first project on anything that small, but I've been chasing this "holy grail" of a hat I bought in Nepal (that was machine knit) but that made out of cotton and that's very tightly knit. I've tried with wool on size 7s (I think) and this project is the closest I've come. The pattern I just made up along the way... partly inspired by Kente cloth from Ghana (which is generally done in bright oranges, greens, reds, blacks and is a woven fabric).

How is your labyrinth coming?


teejtc's picture

The labyrinth is 9 rows from half finished... Yesterday was a psycho-busy Sunday (which means that yesterday and the day before didn't include any knitting time). I'm hoping to get past the half-way mark tonight...maybe?!

Oh, and I figured out what I did wrong to make the pattern "inverted" -- apparently when working with charts, the first row needs to be backwards... making the "odd" rows knitted and read from right-to-left... I did just the opposite... making the even rows knitted and from left-to-right. Oh well...first time using a chart, I'll do it "correctly" next time.

I look forward to seeing the final project!

Grace and Peace,

The hat looks even better in person....a very nice job.

albert's picture

Love your hat- another example of two color crispness that is appealing more and more to me. I am currently working with size 8 needles but am starting to get an itch to try the small ones. I'll draw some inspiration from your work.