The first hat I made was this penguin hat. I used the Cozy Pattern by Alison Williams. It was the first time I had used the pattern and I had no idea it would run small. This hat fit Mary fine, but didn't fit the intended recipient. Darn. Back to the knitting needles.
I'll admit that the next version I made was not as nice. I rarely ever knit the same pattern twice, I get bored, what can I sawy. Also, there is a lot of little pieces for this hat, which makes it pretty fiddley (is that a word?).
The second time around I made the hat using Susan B. Anderson's Inca Snowflake pattern. I obviously did not make the long pointed version, I just kept decreasing after her first set of decreases. This hat was huge, it fit me, surely it would fit a one year old! Thank goodness it did. I did not want to make another hat like this!
In the meantime, I had made a Big flower hat for another friends daughter. I CO 80 stitches using the Inca Snowflake pattern again. The hat fit me before I sent it out, but it did not fit the 1 year old. Gah... I made the next one really big (CO 90). I also made one side longer than the other by picking up stitches across the front. Apparently the bigger size is too big, but the normal size fits fine.
|Bigger Version, the larger side of the hat is on the right|
I have no idea what I am going to do with the hats that didn't fit. I don't have any real need to keep them, I suppose I will save them for gifts or donate them to a charity.
These hats really messed with my knitting mojo. I really, truly, struggled with finishing the second versions. As a result, I have decided not to knit anything for anyone any more, at least not for a while. I have one baby gift I am doing before Christmas, because I want to. I am not doing any Christmas gift knitting this year.
At least I am reminded that knitting, above all, has taught me patience. I have become very good at seeing things through, even if I don't want to.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and blog readers! I hope all your knitting projects fit perfectly!