Sunday, February 14, 2010

Learning from my mistakes

I thought Ruffles were the only thing to have ridges. Well... as it turned out, my hat does also. No.. they are not suppose to be there.
I have always avoided doing knitting in the round. Not sure why. I don't know if I thought of it too intimidating or what. It's really rather easy and it avoids sewing a seam after. It just makes for a neater look. Anyway, the lady at Stitches With Style. Yarn, circular needle I would need. Off I went. So excited about doing something different. Everything was going well, so I thought. When knitting on straight needles, (or using circulars but, not knitting in the round, and the pattern calls for st st (stockinette stitch) it means to knit one round (front) and purl (back) the next. That is what I did. Wrong! That's why the ridge at the start of the decrease (towards top of hat). UGH! I then found a place, I forget where I found it now, that has instructions on knitting in the round. When the pattern calls for stockinette st, you have to knit every row because you are not knitting in the back of your work. NOW I find it. lol The other thing I will do different is to change to double pointed needles sooner. The holes are a little big for my liking but, was trying to finish the hat on the circular needles. It was not happening and it didn't come out tight enough.
I have made notes on the pattern for next time. I have started another hat with this same pattern but, different colors. So far so good. I am up to the point where I am going to start the snowflakes. Will post a pic when I start to change colors. When I finish the hat you will be able to tell the difference between the right way and the wrong way.
For this hat, the posted the yarn in the previous post. I used size 7 circ but, 16" long. This next hat I am using the same yarn in like a cranberry and light pink with white snowflakes but, using a size 9 circ 16" long.
I like learning new things but, only when I feel ready to do it. lol I'm glad I made this hat. I will not shy away from making things in the round any more.
I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's day. Doug had off from work yesterday so, we went to dinner at TGI Fridays. We love that restaurant and have never had a bad meal there. I found a new drink. A Mudslide Martini. SO GOOD! It's a little stronger than a regular Mudslide and it's served in a martini glass. My new fav. lol

That's it for now.
Until next time...


Sandie said...

It was a long time before I ever crocheted a hat. Probably a decade after I learned to crochet. I am not an adventurous crocheter. I like comforting sameness. :-) I am so very glad I did learn to do hats though as I really enjoy it now and working in the round can lead to so many other things. Kudos to you, Bunny!

Ghost said...

I t hink t he hat is wonderful and would wear it proudly. I also feel the ridge row makes it uniquely different from all the rest and is not unattractive. It looks planned. Who would know if you did not tell them?

Therese said...

I agree with ghost. I like the hat.
Take care

Sandy said...

I love knitting in the round, so I can knit each row and it looks like I went to the trouble and extra time to pearl. I really don't like pearling and find trying to remember which row I'm on a pain.

Love the blue and white hat, very nice.