I just completed this deceptively adorable earflap hat. The pattern called to me on Ravelry. It said.... knit me. I'm so damn cute! You have that nephew on his way and he will need a hat to go with the sweater that you have finished. I'm super easy and waaaaayyyy precious. So, I listened to the lying pattern. I cast on the requisite number of stitches for the smallest hat. I finished the first rows before beginning the earflaps and that's when the trouble started. I have done short rows in the past and while I'm not a fan, they don't scare me either. I started to work them as written in the pattern and got stuck after the first turning row. I returned to Ravelry and researched the completed earflap hat projects for better instructions on working the short rows and found a really great set written by juliecloseknit that helped me jump that particular hurdle.
Next, I wanted to add stripes to match the ones on the aforementioned sweater I had completed. Sheesh. Who would have thought that stripes in garter would be such a pain in the ass? And would look so shitty once they were completed?!!! Clearly not me because I had never done them before. I tried a few methods to complete the stripes including just giving up on garter altogether and doing them in stockinette. But in the end I went back to garter because it just looked better. Better is relative here. It looked better than complete and total ass, so that's what I ended up using.
After this it was on to the decrease rounds. Yes, this was almost as much fun as getting my teeth scraped at the dentist. I must have ripped those rounds out at least four times before I managed to get them right. Paying close attention while knitting is just not my strength. I prefer to not have to think about where I am in the row, and did I pass those stitches or knit them and why the hell do I have more stitches than I'm supposed to?!!????!!!! Arrgggg!!!!!!!
I wish the seam in the back didn’t look so sloppy. (Right hand pic) But it was either completing the rounds the way I did, which was to reverse direction each round so each is a knit round. Or complete the garter by knitting one round then purling the next. I chose the reversal method. If I do garter in the round ever again, I’ll try the other way and see if I’m any happier with that result. In the end, it is a cute hat and I think it will fit well when the little guy makes his debut in December. But, I doubt very highly that I will ever attempt to make this lying little hat ever again.
I often feel as if I belong on the Island of Misfit Toys because I'm not a creative with just one area of expertise. I enjoy making digital creations in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. I love knit and crochet. I love glass art. The creative process is very therapeutic for me and, mostly, keeps me somewhat sane in an insane world.