The hat renaissance I wrote about last post continued into this week and I’ve learned a thing or two.
First of all I made a hat for Sean earlier in the week. It’s Stephen West’s Windschief, a hat I’d never seen before but apparently nearly 2000 people on Ravelry have. So I’m a bit slow on the hat uptake! I used some leftover Cascade 220 in the gorgeous Mallard colour.
It was a fun, quick knit. A few bus trips and an evening and it was done. Two days in fact. There were lots of comments on other projects about having difficulty getting length right. That’s because the rib section ends up much longer than plain section at the back and determining which part to measure is a bit of a bugger.
Truth be told it is a bit long for him and could have stopped a good half inch before the crown shaping. But he likes it and I’ll know better next time.
Then, knowing Sean’s dad was coming for the weekend to help us with some yard work (and eat and drink with us! Something we always do well together) I buckled down to make him a hat. I almost repeated the windschief but decided to try something else. This time it was The Boy Hat, another popular pattern and a freebie. It’s a nice 4×4 rib pattern that ends nicely on the crown. I really like the way it all flows to the finishing point. This is also Cascade 220. Great hat yarn!
I really had a feeling my father in law had a small and not particularly long head, which I still think is true now that I’ve put the hat on him but it could have been a bit longer. I’d been afraid of repeating the ‘too long’ problem with Sean’s hat and so erred on the side of caution and his dad’s hat came out a bit too short.
He said he liked it but I think when I saw him working out in the freezing temps yesterday wearing a hat I made him about seven years ago, which is paint splattered and dusty but sits down well over his ears, I knew that if I make another one for him it’ll need to be longer.
It may look like they’re both dozing in the sun but actually they were trying their hardest not to crack up at the idea of being asked to pose side by side. There were wise cracks galore and much pretence that this was embarrassing and silly, but actually I think they enjoyed indulging me.
After I worked all week on their hats (and cooked big, hearty meals for them) it was the least they could do!