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« on: October 30, 2006 07:24:04 PM »

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

I'm crystalnickel on Ravelry!

Visit my blog at http://cnp71203.blogspot.com/. It has a little of everything... well, most things!

« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2006 07:40:49 PM »

Hey cnp, that's a great hat. It's nice to see a picture of you too after all our messages about our Sideways Spencers.  Smiley

It's a little hard to see what exactly the mistake is in that part. Is there just a part that sticks out? What caused it? I predict that most people will be too impressed with the hat as a whole to notice it too much. I really like the colors...great yarn choice for this pattern.
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2006 07:48:04 PM »

Thanks! Yes, it's the bit that sticks out. I am not sure how I messed up, maybe I got off count with the short-rows or decreases or something.

I will eventually finish my sideways spencer! How is your coming along?

I'm crystalnickel on Ravelry!

Visit my blog at http://cnp71203.blogspot.com/. It has a little of everything... well, most things!

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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2006 05:49:20 AM »

Great hat! I just finished mine a couple of weeks ago. I ended up using the recommended yarn because the one I used first didn't work well with the pattern. Yours turned out really great.

You can see pics of mine on my blog: shepurls.blogspot.com.

« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2006 07:42:56 AM »

Nice hat! 

I was wondering how this would look in SWS, since I have a couple of balls just sitting there asking to be knit... 

With the sticking out bit, I wonder if you could somehow work it towards the inside and tack it down a bit? 

if you can't be a good example then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2006 10:38:05 AM »

i made a hat that did something similar only it was crocheted) and all i did to fix it was go back through with some yarn to sort of sew it down into place.  you might need to fold it over a little bit, which would still leave a little bump, but nothing that should get confused as a nipple.
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2006 10:33:09 AM »

I will eventually finish my sideways spencer! How is your coming along?

I finished and blocked the main part, and now I'm spending some time worrying that it won't end up fitting me. Sooner or later I will get started on the ribbing.   Wink
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