Yes, it happens from time to time. Although, for this particular project I used the Malabrigo I just bought at the DFW Fiber Fest a few weeks ago. Malabrigo Rios, what a lovely huggable yarn that is, a real treat to knit with. In each skein you get 210 yards of squishy worsted-weight Merino. And the gorgeous color, my oh my what a beautiful color Azul Profundo is, it really is profound. Oh, did I mention it’s also superwash? Yes, that means I can actually put this project into a washing machine. I probably won’t though because I’m overprotective of my handknits, but it’s nice to know in case it happens accidentally. Anyway, what is this project I speak of? Why it’s a hat it is!
This is courtesy of another stellar Jane Richmond pattern called Jane. I love her patterns, they’re simple yet interesting to knit and wear. Absolutely functional and attractive. You can tell she has a soft spot in her heart for worsted and bulky weight yarns. I find that extremely helpful, it’s nice to have great patterns to choose from that don’t take too long to make. It also helps pare down the worsted stash some too. :)
I did have to do some editing at the top of the hat, though. I didn’t want to cast off with so many stitches left so I did a few more decrease rows (pretty much k2tog 1 row, knit 1 row plain, etc.) until I got down to about 7 or 8 stitches. I did this mainly because I knew my stitches would loosen and leave a round hole at the top if I didn’t decrease. What I was left with was a little bit of stockinette at the crown. Doesn’t look horrible, but it’s out of pattern. I haven’t decided whether I like it or not, I guess I’m pretty neutral about it because seriously I can’t even tell when it’s on. What I do love very much is the doubled brim. During the winter my ears always get cold even while wearing hats, I think the doubled brim will solve that problem very nicely.
I won’t be able to use this for several months unfortunately, but when the time comes I certainly won’t be scrambling to make a cozy warm hat. I do have about 15% of the yarn left after knitting the hat, I wonder what I should use it for? I’ll have to figure something out, I would like to have a small little everyday something made out of it so I can enjoy the yarn all year long. ♥