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« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2007 09:58:48 PM »

I have this book and have been studying the picture.. Unfortunatly it seems like the one in the book is only very lightly felted as you can still really see the stitch defination..

What yarn did you use??
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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2007 06:35:29 AM »

The book would be so much better if it included swatch measurements after felting. This is exactly why I'm reluctant to knit this hat, even though I needs it (but with a Saltire instead). My full rant is in the reviews section.

So much for 'Punk' knitting - exact yarn only - no substitutes if you want a good first time result.  Undecided
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« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2007 07:39:18 AM »

Is your only fit problem that it doesn't come down on your forehead far enough?  Because I have this book and noticed in some of the pictures the hat doesn't come very far down on some of the models' heads... especially the pink mohawk hat on page 10.

You raise a good point. Maybe the cut of this hat just doesn't work for me. Widening the overall hat by adding a strip down the center might make it deep enough that a shallow forehead is not such a big deal. There's still hope!

I wonder why the hat on the cover doesn't look felted at all? 
I have this book and have been studying the picture.. Unfortunatly it seems like the one in the book is only very lightly felted as you can still really see the stitch defination..

What yarn did you use??

Being a Canadian broad, my yarn options were limited. I substituted their Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair) for Lily Chin Tribeca (25% mohair, 43% wool, 17% viscose, 15% polyester). I guess I had thought that the presence of synthetic material would prevent it from felting as much as their version. Plus, it was on sale  Tongue

So much for 'Punk' knitting - exact yarn only - no substitutes if you want a good first time result.  Undecided

It did get me spitting and cursing, which is kinda punk rock!

Thanks everyone, for kind words. I'm actually not feeling so sorry for myself anymore. Shoulda felted the swatch, shoulda hand-felted, shoulda woulda coulda. It's still fun to look at, and it may yet be saved.
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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2007 11:05:51 AM »

Whoa! I'm sorry that you didn't get the results you were looking for, but man you did an awesome job!  Smiley

Make sure you post your new one!! I need to try this someday. Maybe. Probably not.  Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2007 01:32:36 PM »

That is too cute, Too bad it is too small. It doesn't seem that small. I guess we all have different sized heads. i totally love it though!!!
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« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2007 02:07:54 PM »

'Tis all good still.
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« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2007 02:12:12 PM »

To address the size issue more fully;

Here is me. Nice to meetcha. Petite girl, average-sized head, pretty thick hair.



Here is the hat jammed onto my head




Earflaps are misshapen... pointy, somehow. I guess I did that when I was desperately trying to stretch it around my mannequin head



If I could have stretched it just a few more inches deep, it'd have been ok. Alas, perfectionist that I am, I must redo. grrrr


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« Reply #27 on: July 12, 2007 02:15:13 PM »

It looks cooler in your mouth. Maybe you could turn it into a muffler.  Wink
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« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2007 04:03:24 PM »

I was REALLY annoyed with that books attitude towards things like swatching and felting. You can't just "carelessly toss" things in a washer and expect them to come out right...even if you used the same yarn, every washing machine is different. The type of cycle matters.  The temperature matters. You should always swatch...and that book (which sort of poo-poo's swatching as old lady fussiness and not "punk rawk" enough) is irresponsible to not push for it. I'm guessing you'll be one of a great many disappointed knitters who destroy their hats...the hats in the book are barely felted at all, just sort of fluffed up a little. For most people, a run through the washing machine will do a lot more.

Still, you know, it's a cute little...um....baby helmet?
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« Reply #29 on: July 29, 2007 04:56:52 PM »

Thanks for the sympathies and compliments everyone! I've redone it, and it's perfect; https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=186354.0

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