Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fair Isle Cap

I actually finished this hat around September of last year. A large portion of it I knitted by firelight while camping last summer.  It's so weird knitting warm items in the heat of the summer.  It's like I forget every year that winter and super freezing temperatures will certainly return with a vengeance! Since Bend officially hit 0deg F this morning I thought it was a good time to get some action shots of this cap!
First of all, I love the colors and the pattern. It was my first try knitting a fair isle pattern and using a chart and I have to say I love charts! They make my knitting life so easy. I hate trying to figure out where I am in a row based on a series of K1, P1, K2Tog, blah, blah, you get the idea.
What I don’t like is how short it seems and how it almost seems to be pointy at the top. (You can really see in my 3rd picture, the profile.) It tends to ride up as I wear it. I’m not sure if that’s because I was pulling my contrast color too tight, or maybe I was knitting too tight and should have gone up a needle size. It’s sad; due to the fit issues this hat is not likely to get much wear time. I have worn it running a few times and with my headlight on it does keep the riding up issue at bay.
The pattern is just so beautiful and I worked so hard on it I just can’t bear to rip it out and redo it. Perhaps I will attempt knitting it again. Next time I’d add at least 1” to the ribbing and also do another row of the strips at the bottom to give this hat more room at the crown.

What is going on with this pointiness?

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