The Hat from Hell

Bobble Hat

This is not the sort of project that would normally appeal to me, but it was a special request by a friend who positively assured me that she would actually wear such a hat.  More than once.  In public.

In a what-was-I-thinking-in-the-middle-of-the-night moment, I started knitting with worsted weight yarn on US 2 needles, producing a fabric which stands on its own and could possibly be substituted for Kevlar.  To make things worse, I used dpn's because I didn't have any  circular needles in that size.  Very soon I had to move one quarter of the stitches to a holder because they were falling off the needles, and I became rather adept at substituting needle for holder on every round.

In the end I'm pleased with the hat, and it actually fits!  However, I learned a couple of valuable lessons:  (1) use appropriate tools for the job, and (2) when something is going badly right from the start, rip it out and start again.

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Paul's picture


You should be pleased, this is an AWESOME hat!  Sometimes a project that is a lot of work is also gives a lot of satisfaction.  Thanks for the great pic!  Paul 

Aaronknits's picture

Yes, it is unusual, but it's an amazingly brilliant piece of work too!  Very nice!

Yes, what we will do for our friends ... I would love a few pictures of the expressions on the faces of those that see that hat in public for the first time.

Knipper's picture

What a wonderful creative piece of work.  That is truly a friend to go to all that trouble and bravo to them in realizing that the hat should definitely be worn and seen and enjoyed.  Take a bow.