I am now so far behind with blogging, that I don’t think I’ll ever catch up.
If I write posts for August, then I’m not writing posts for October. So I get further and further behind.
I am having so much fun on Ravelry, I don’t have time to blog.
There, I found Charisa’s gorgeous Wedge Hat and just had to try it. I started knitting it straight away!
I'm sure I didn't get it quite right. For example, I didn't know what size circumference I was aiming for at the welt. "plate" sizes vary so much! I think I may have been a bit timid on that.
I liked the way the colours knit up in this yarn - Cleckheaton Vintage Hues . It didn't seem to knit up as bulky as the one Charisa used. (Wouldn’t have any idea where to get Zitron Turmaline in
The welt doesn't seem to have the same "presence" of Charisa’s welt; I wasn't sure if that was due to the difference in yarn thickness, or if it should have been more than just one row of purl. Or if I didn't go back far enough with the stitch pick-up.
I've blocked the top of the hat by putting a plastic picnic plate up in there, given it a light misting of spray water, and just left the brim unblocked. I rested it upside down on a towel for a while - now it's sitting on edge in front of the woodfire. The photos were taken before I blocked it. It should look more wedgey once the blocking is done.
I made the band longer so I could fold it over to give a chunkier brim.
The circumference of the welt at rest (unplated!) is 73cm (29 inches); and my head circumference (where I place hat-brims) is 56.5 cm (22 inches). I wonder if there's a magic ratio of welt:head which will make this work the best?
I learnt a lot doing this project.
I love the hat; but sad to say, I don't think it suits my head shape.
Update: I popped a bigger plate up into the hat last night, spritzed a bit more, left it to dry.
The photos are now the post-blocking ones. The top sits a little flatter with the stitches distributed better.
Then today I wore the hat out into town, and got two complimentary comments/questions about it!
I may well change my mind about this hat not suiting me!
PS: If you're an Aussie, you may get the pun in the message title ;-}