Monday, June 13, 2016

June 2016 #1 & #2 - Slow and Steady

Odd names for a couple of hats, wouldn't you say? However this is how I feel since it has taken me ever so long to make them following yet another lengthy absence from hat making. I had a small incident at school that resulted in a sprained wrist. (You know you've been to therapy too often when you tell the doc "you have your own therapist") At least it is mostly healed and I am able to knit, as long as I take lots of breaks.



Slow is the Lace-Edged Women's Hat available for free at headhuggers.org. The hat is knit with Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton (and I do!) in Bright Citrus on a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl, yarn over, sk2p and k2tog. Surprisingly I remembered to use stitch markers from the get go so the lace section was a breeze.
















Steady on the other hand was a royal pain in my you-know-what. It starts with a provisional cast-on. Should be no problem, I've done them before. However, I thought, why not try what the pattern recommended and cast-on over a circular needle. Well that didn't work. In fact it was an epic failure. I went back to the crocheted method of provisional cast-on. However, when it came time to rip that out, the live stitches were so incredibly loose that I needed to tink back through the purl rows before I start on the lace section. Had I read through the project notes from other knitters on Ravelry I would have realized that someone had already figured out a workaround for this problem. Lesson learned. The pattern is Girls Lacy Sun Hat and is available as a free Ravelry download. This hat is also knit with Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in River Run on a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl, yarn over, SSK and k2tog. Apparently I forgot I was doing lace and didn't use stitch markers. Which required me to tink those rows back and start over, a couple of times and I got smart and got out the markers. Honestly, I need to THINK while I knit. Seriously, the amount of time I spent on this one silly hat I most likely could have made another.