Despite ice on the cars and the chill in the air, there’s a definite change in the weather here in Oxford. The college gardens are just starting to show signs of life, and earlier this week, a crocus patch burst into life under one of our trees.
Despite this, I’ve been determined to take advantage of the last of the cold weather and finish a hat. Again.
Let me explain. I first made this hat, the Gnarled Bark pattern by Joanna Scrace, in early February. It’s a satisfying pattern, not too trivial, but not requiring too much thought once you get going. I love cables, and had been wanting an interesting hat pattern for a while. My swatch came out bang on gauge for my head size (medium), and in no time, I had a hat. It fitted really well, just as it should have, except there wasn’t enough body for me. I’d wanted something substantial and slouchy, but having chosen a finely spun yarn, my finished hat just didn’t have enough volume for me.
After a few weeks of indecision, I ripped it out and started a new one in a bigger yarn, on a bigger hook and in the biggest size. To my relief, the pattern was just as much of a joy to make the second time around as it had been the first, and this time, I achieved the volume I’d been looking for. A little too much, perhaps, although that might have been my over-enthusiastic blocking.
Yes that’s a hat on a plate wrapped in a towel balanced on an indoor fire. What?
I think I’m going to have to remake the band, probably just going down a hook size than anything more drastic. There’s nothing wrong with the size, except that I made the one that’s too big for my head! The yarn is Malabrigo Arroyo, and I used almost the entire skein. It’s a lovely, springy yarn and held the cables beuatifully. I was a bit worried they might disappear under blocking, but the overall effect is just what I was going for. Something substantial and warm, but loose enough that my head doesn’t overheat and it doesn’t get impaled on my hairclips too much!
To see what other people have finished this week, head over to A Hard Knit Life for Freshly Finished Friday!