FO Alert!

Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever posted so many FO’s in one month before!  Don’t get used to it.  It’s only because of all the small things I’ve made lately, mostly for gifts.  Today’s FO however is for ME!

As posted earlier, I’ve been working on the Koolhaas hat.  I finished it Monday night.  What do you think?  Looks pretty good in this photo doesn’t it?

But then I saw THIS photo…

Ugh!  It wasn’t until I managed to photograph my own head that I could really see what the decreases looked like at the crown.  They looked like crap.  How could that be?  Because I didn’t do the math.

I made this hat from sport weight, not Aran weight as the pattern called for.  I added one additional pattern repeat to compensate.  When it came time to decrease for the crown I thought that I’d have to add an additional 4 rows somewhere to make it fit correctly.  So I made up my own decrease sequence as I went along.  Wrong wrong wrong!  I am not more clever than Jared Flood!  And if I’d done the math in the first place I would have calculated that I only needed to add 2 rows, and that I could easily do that, without screwing with the design, if I added them at the very end.  After all, making a circle decreasing by the same % as in the original directions will work just fine.  It’s just a ratio after all.  

Last night I frogged back to where the decreases began and this time followed the 10 row decrease instructions through row 9, then did an extra *k1tbl, p1* row, then row 10, then repeated row 10 again.  Perfect.  Have a look now:

A colleague of mine took this photo for me at lunch time.  I really love this hat, and it was really fun to make too.  DB says I look like a cancer patient in it because, well, I have really short hair and this hat makes me look bald.  I’ll have to make an effort to pull some hair out around my forehead.  I tried it on another colleague at work and on her it looked really cute.  She has hair.

Anyway, lesson learned.  Do the math and don’t try to be too clever!

10 thoughts on “FO Alert!

  1. louise November 26, 2008 / 22:52

    I didnt think there was that much wrong with the hat in the first picture until I looked on and saw the revised edition. It looks SO much better. Well done you for having the patience to fix your mistake…I would have cast mine into the charity box!!

  2. Cybèle November 27, 2008 / 00:16

    LOL at the cancer patient remark… We’re so charmingly honest, us Dutch.
    I couldn’t see what was wrong with the first hat, but the crown looks beautiful in the second version. Lovely colour too.

  3. earlybird November 27, 2008 / 07:48

    Thanks for the comments! Lou I could never toss out this yarn. It’s so much nicer in person than in the photos. Worst case I would have frogged the whole thing and knit a scarf instead. 🙂

  4. louise November 28, 2008 / 01:49

    Id really like to knit this but want to know if i’d manage before purchasing the pattern. Is it just K and P? Im not a great knitter and yarn forward or any other complex instructions puzzles me. Any pointers would be appreciated xx

  5. earlybird November 28, 2008 / 08:10

    Hey Lou,
    It is just K and P. There is a chart and there are crossed stitches. The chart is only 8 rows by 8 stitches, so nothing too complex. You need a cable needle to hold 1 stitch in front or in back. You also need to know SSK to decrease. I always slip the first stitch as if knitting, the second as if purling.
    It really is a really nice hat and nice pattern. I’m sure I will make it again.
    If you buy the pattern and then need help, just let me know. I’d be happy to help. Good luck!

  6. Andy November 29, 2008 / 15:29

    That hat is really beautiful. The pattern looks swell with that yarn. I’m glad you ripped back. It was worth it. Makes me want to do a new one.

  7. oldmanramen June 16, 2012 / 03:22

    So, if I’m going to attempt this with sport weight yarn I just need to do an additional pattern repeat and follow your instructions for the last two rows of the decrease? Thanks 🙂

  8. underdutchskies June 16, 2012 / 03:35

    Yes! But I have to also say that this hat is a tiny bit small for me. If you have a lot of hair I’d make it even 2 repeats bigger.

  9. oldmanramen June 19, 2012 / 13:44

    Thanks! 🙂 and sorry one more thing – what size needles did you use? I’ve started a gauge swatch but might just begin (because I am impatient to make this awesome hat!)

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