It's not a secret that I like hats, and since I've learnt how to knit I have made a couple of hats for myself and some lucky members of my family. There are a couple of free garter stitch patterns on the net- I mentioned them in my Christmas Easy Knitting post, but imagine my surprise when I came upon this on Ravelry:
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The Pattern I used is the Shortrows Sideways hat, which I knit a lot and already experimented with once (I increased the number of stitched considerably to make a slouchy hat for my sister- it worked pretty well). I decided to add on 10 stitches from the beginning, and follow the same pattern but with 10 stitches more. So it's cast on 45, knit, knit 44, knit back, knit 42, knit back, etc, until I reached 32. The yarn I used is some soft acrylic/mohair blend I think, which is nice to knit once you get the hang of it, but also tend to slip off the needle. This is easy to knit but you still need to be concentrating to know how many stitches you have to knit next!
The knitting part took me a couple of evenings, I lost count as to how many "wedges" I made but flat the hat was around 35cm lengthwise, and I have a smallish head.
Once I cast off, I sewed the top together, and gathered the two sides together very tightly to create the short side of the hat. I finished off by sewing an Art Deco style button.
I was very proud of this hat, until I tried it on, and realised it doesn't suit me! It looks like a swimming cap on me. This is why you haven't got a picture of me wearing it. I think it's just a tad too small. I'm planning on making another one but maybe this time I'll cast on 55 stitches. It's a shame because it's a really cute hat. I might try again tomorrow and see if I think it suits me better.
That's it for now, but the week-end has only started so there might be another post- you never know!
Until next time,
EDIT 12/02/2011: Here is a horrid picture of me wearing the hat. I think it speaks for itself!