I just finished the Short-Row hat from Interweave Knits last night.
Pattern: Short-Row hat available on the Interweave Knits website.
Yarn used: ~1.25 balls of Paton's SWS in the Natural Geranium color.
Needles: Recommended size, 7.
Mods: Left off the icord thingy at the top, felted to size
I really liked this pattern. At first, it confused me; although I'd used the short-row technique in a couple of other patterns, I really didn't understand it. This hat definitely helped, although I'm not sure I'm ready yet to use short-row shaping as bust darts (something I've wanted to learn). I think I'm going to have to knit a garment that uses the technique first, and I think there's an article on Knitty I should read as well. Anyway, the pattern was fun to knit, but I did make a very noticeable mistake right at the beginning. I didn't realize it was a mistake at the time, and actually couldn't tell it until I'd already felted and blocked the hat, so it was too late to rip it out and fix it. You'll see a picture of that under the cut. If there are any suggestions of anything I can do besides "Get over it" or "Rip it out," I'd love to hear them.
The hat turned out a little big for my head, although I knit to gauge... I guess I have a small head. I felted it down in the sink, trying it on in between feltings. It didn't take much, but I didn't get the result I really wanted either. It's a lot tighter now, but still too long for my taste - if I were to knit this pattern again, I'd definitely knit it shorter. I have to tuck under 3 or 4 stitches of the garter band now so that it doesn't cover my eyebrows and my eyes.
I've used this yarn in this particular colorway before, and I really like it. I like the way it looks slightly felted better than just knit up. It's a very soft yarn, and this hat is super WARM. If I were going to Alaska (or some place equally cold), this is the hat I'd wear. I imagine it's so warm because of the felting.
As I've already mentioned, this hat was a good practice piece for the short-row technique. I need more work on my turns, because there are some pretty big gaps between the diamonds. Are there any tips for better hiding the turns? The pattern has you YO, then later close it by k2tog the yarn over and the stitch after... which worked well most of the time, but for the diamonds, still left a big gap.
I closed the crown just by running a piece of yarn through it, pulling it tight, and knotting it. I could tell by then that the hat was a little too large, and didn't want to risk making it even a little bigger. I also didn't bother with the icord thingy on the top, partially since I didn't really like it, but even more due to my boyfriend's looking at the photo of the pattern and innocently asking "Why is there a nipple on top of that hat?"
This is the back... see the huge mistake there? Yowsers!
More pictures and possibly more info available on my blog: http://cnp71203.blogspot.com/2006/10/fo-short-row-hat.html