So I present, for our 7yo nephew...the PokeBall hat! (The pattern is free at Ravelry, courtesy of Sasha Stavsky.)
|modeled by T|
Also, despite the fact that I recently told a friend that I no longer have problems with ladders when knitting in the round with DPNs...lookie here.
|LADDERS! Okay, small ones. But they bug me.|
What's wrong with the brim, you ask? Nothing at all...if you like a rolled brim. I'm not a big fan. Plus, if I had *wanted* a rolled brim, I would have just finished off in stockinette. I knit this hat from the top down, and decided to teach myself a new technique...the applied i-cord bind-off.
All in all, I think that many of my "problems" were caused by fast work and crappy material. Every time I work with acrylic yarn, I swear Never Again. Then I consider that most gift recipients (especially mothers of small children) will likely not hand-launder and air-dry the final product, and I fear the ruin and heartbreak of unintended felting. And it's a long haul to my favorite LYS and frankly, it's easier to raid the craft cabinet for some crappy leftover acrylic than to drive to the other side of the city and shell out for the nice superwash. All the same, I'm convinced that if I did this project in good yarn, many of these issues would take care of themselves (ladders especially).
Now. Despite all of my bitching, I'm going to do this again. Immediately. No, really...I have the next hat cast on and sitting just to the left of my keyboard, staring me down. It seems that T needs to have a matching hat so he and his favorite cousin can be twins. And how can I refuse that?