Friday, December 6, 2013

FO Friday - When Knitting Attacks!

Well, I finally had a case of "when knitting attacks", to quote the Knitmore Girls (looove them, BTW! One of my very favourite podcasts :) ), and I'm not amused! Especially since I've got nobody to blame but myself. Hate it when that happens!

Ever since I finished the Candy Affection shawl, I knew I wanted to knit a hat with the left-over yarns. I'd been looking around for a good pattern, and really loved the Rikke hat, which Emily of the Whatcha Swatching Podcast has been plugging. Like her, I decided to knit it flat, as it's just plain garter stitch - and it would kinda defeat the purpose of knitting it in the round if that meant I had to purl every second round!!! (not to mention the most common complaint on this pattern on Ravelry was "I hate garter stitch in the round!). I cast it on Wednesday evening, and finished sewing it up tonight, just in time for a late contender to this week's FO Friday! (Hey, it's not Saturday until I've gone to sleep Friday evening! ;) )

First the good things. I love the way it feels, and I love the way it's all matchy-matchy with my scarf :)
I do NOT love the fact that even though I knit this in a fingering weight yarn, and the pattern calls for DK, I can still very easily do this...
It doesn't quite happen of its own accord just from me jumping up and down, but it feels like it might eventually.

I'll try to wear it for a few days, and see how it actually feels on, and if it's completely awful, I might attempt to take it in an inch or two using mattress stitch. Don't know if it'll work, but if not I can always rip it out again.

But I do NOT have a hat head... this hat looked awesome on Emily. On me... not so much ;) Ah well - it doesn't need to look good - it just needs to keep my ears warm! :)

New techniques learned: The twisted German cast on. I don't think it would have been necessarly - the long tail method would probably be fine - but I found a video on YouTube that explained it really well, and quickly got the hang of it, so I figured I might as well give it a try :)


  1. I think it looks perfect on you! Wish I could look good in hats. Have you tried folding it up?

  2. Interesting. I've been having the opposite problem lately - making a pattern in the yarn weight I'm supposed to and they're ending up "short". Easy to fix if you know before decreasing, but still annoying. Great job on the hat!

  3. Well, that last photo gave me a chuckle. There is a way to knit garter in the round without purls, but twisting and turning at the end of each round. There should be some videos around on how to do it.