Oh hey, y'all. Look at my hat.
I normally don't have a problem ripping out a project and trying all over again, but I really didn't want to this time. I just didn't want to! It was my first cabled hat project and I wanted to feel like I was good at this! I (tried to) knit the Starter Cable Hat pattern in the book, Expand Your Knitting Skills. But I should have known I was doomed from the start.
See the extra long brim? I wanted a brim that would be long enough to roll up while simultaneously covering up more of my head than the pattern would.
Wait no, that was just a picture of my progress. This shows you that the pattern is pretty and that I was really enthused about making the hat and wearing it.
But this is the finished product:
The hat just wasn't long enough for me. I didn't take a picture of me wearing it because it just didn't look good. Blocking didn't stretch it out enough, and while the brim made the hat as long as I like, it wasn't long enough to roll.
So I ripped it out.
Ha ha! No. I actually tried to pick up the stitches on the brim and start knitting a few more inches because I wasn't ready to see reason yet.
Yes, really. It was not my best idea, and I'm glad there are no pictures of that particular shame.
But then, I finally came to my senses. After, you know, 2 or so weeks of denial and rationalizing.
This particular hat wasn't working for me.
The problem isn't with the pattern or the yarn. The problem is that the pattern is for a cute hat that's more of a beanie style, and I am the kind of person who wants a hat large enough to cover everything but my neck and eyes. I don't feel like my hat is big enough until I look like a kid who stole her dad's toboggan. I just like toboggan-style hats that cover my ears.
Which brings us back to this.
I pulled the needle out of the project, and started to rip back everything this morning. I unraveled the yarn and wound it into balls once again. But as I worked, I made a plan. I still want to use the pattern because the crown fit my head circumference just fine, and the cables are pretty, and the yarn looks good in this pattern. A repeat of the cable pattern should extend the crown, and give me a chance to do a few more cables. Also, I'll need to knit at least 5 inches for the brim, which is going to bore me to tears. That's probably why I stopped too soon last time. But! I want a hat and I want one that is well-knit and thoughtfully planned out (even if I wind up looking nothing like the woman in the pattern picture. But then again, I never do).
I've already cast on my stitches, and tonight I'll get back to work. My husband and I are watching a TV series on DVD and there are two episodes left. I think that should get me through at least half of the brim. Plus, I'll have the peace of mind that comes from NOT feeling like I have to start all over with another pattern and spending too much time on Ravelry searching for another pattern. I've got a fairly well-rationed plan for altering the very nice pattern I've already got. I'm expanding my knitting skills, and getting a warm hat out of the bargain.
Ripping everything back wasn't such a bad idea. It usually isn't.
I'll let you know when the hat is finished and you can judge for yourself. Happy crafting!