About a hat

I've been talking for a while now about knitting myself a hat. So when I found a cute hat pattern on the ball band of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool yarn, I was very excited to try it out. Plus, it only required one ball of yarn! Just perfect! I thought I would make myself one in the Merlot colorway to see how easy the pattern was. Then I would make a few more hats for my Etsy shop.

Now this yarn is soft and gorgeous. Made of 50% wool and 50% acrylic, this yarn is extremely soft and just wonderful to work with. It has minimal splitting, gives great stitch definition, and is just the perfect chunky yarn for gifts and items for sale. Plus, their color palette is just beautiful. I've knit four items with this yarn so far, including this hat, and I plan to make many more with it. (See the Silver Grey Scarf, Forest Green Scrunchable and Claret Procragratification Scarf.)

So back to the hat story. The pattern calls for a US 11 and a US 13 circular needle, so I got my needles together, got the yarn, and started knitting on Dec. 30th. As the knitting progressed, I realized that the hat seemed bigger than it should (even though it fit my big head), and the yarn was getting smaller and smaller. I realized that my gauge was waaaaaaaaaay off! Now if I had taken my time to make a gauge swatch, this wouldn't have happened. I know, I know.I should know better than that. I thought it was a small hat, so what was the worst that could happen. A humongous hat, that's what!!!

Anyway, I ripped out the whole hat, and started with US 9 and US 11 needles. I didn't swatch this time either (hehehe!). But I was SURE that it would work it out this time. :) Luckily for me, it did! I got to practice both Cable front and Cable Back stitches, and finished the hat in one night. Excited with my new gorgeous hat, I put it down and waited to try it on the next day.

Alas! When I tried on the hat, it looked terrible on me. Or I looked terrible in it? I have a pretty round face, and the hat just accentuated the roundness to a very unflattering level. I looked like I was recovering from some disease. I thought I'd ask my sister to try it on to see if it was the hat, or if it was something I had done. She looked fantastic in the hat! I mean, almost supermodel gorgeous! I was sooooooooooooooo MAD! I mean, it was my hat! Anyway, I'll stop whining now. Here are some pictures of my sister looking pretty fabulous in MY HAT!! Grrr!!

Have a wonderful rest of the week and see you next week!