I’m on 5 of 6 repeats. Thank god. Because that means I’m close to being done. Perhaps with tonight’s Criminal Minds marathon on Ion I will manage to get it all done and off my needles and out of my grill and, you know, just, done.
It looks fantastic, it’s shaping up nicely. The whole thing is knit on straights, flat and shaped as you go with short rows. You just graft it up the back when you’re done. Or a mattress stitch, if you didn’t use a provisional cast on like instructed because you forgot a crochet hook and some waste yarn and had to cast on at D&D because you needed something to do with your hands while other people were rolling in combat and then the DM looked at you like you might be coocoo for cocoa puffs when you asked him did he have any wool on hand, so you just, improvised and figured you’d work it out later.
Did I mention, brilliant?
And a shit ton of short rows?
You shape the crown as you go (also with short rows) which is bloody brilliant.
This pattern is like, so perfect for a vibrant, messy, chaotic handspun yarn like this one, where the color combination is maybe a little crazypants. I especially like how it stripes vertically from crown to brim.
I love everything about this hat, except knitting it.
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I’m knitting this great tam by Wooly Wormhead, called “Dulcie.” It’s the second one I’ve knit and I’m making it out of some roving I spun up a la Fat Cat Knits.
Now, do not get me wrong. I love this hat. I do. It is clever and mathematical and smart. I love the one I knit for myself and I know the person I’m knitting this #!@#!@ hat for will love it too. And I also know, because this is just how I roll, I will probably knit it a few more times as a gift when one is needed. The pattern is just that good.
But seriously it’s making me want to stab myself in the eye with a #9 rosewood straight needle.
The pattern is comprised of 6 repeats total – each repeat is 40 rows. And each repeat has multiple bits of short row shaping. So there is some counting and paying of the attention and honestly, how can I focus on my The Walking Dead marathon a la DVR when I have to count stitches, and, you know, pay attention?
Also I might be running out of yarn. And it is handspun. Which means I cannot make more, because all the roving is gone. This means I’m getting nervous and starting to count and do things with math, just in case.
So now this hat is also making me want to start drinking, to go along with the stabbing.
The cats look a little worried.
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